Location The Villard Mansion of The New York Palace Hotel 455 Madison Avenue @ 50th Street New York, New York 10022 Phone
Opening date December 2005 Interior Design Patrick Jouin.
Executive Chef Christopher Lee Restaurant
Director Christopher Day
Director of Wine & Spirits: Jason Ferris
Pastry Chef David Carmichael
Three course prix fixe – $82
Five course tasting menu – $110
Seven course Chef’s tasting menu – $140
Capacity Dining Room: Seating for 52 Bar: Seating for 40 Private Dining in The Madison Room: Seating for 100 Hours Gilt Bar: Opens at 5pm everyday.
Open Tuesday to Saturday starting at 5:30pm Reservations Strongly Suggested Dress Code No official dress code.
Review By Nancy Walman
Award-winning website, Punchin-dot-com, features the Walman Report and reviews of restaurants, travel, wine and theater. Gilt is an opulent temple of gastronomy located in The New York Palace Hotel. Chef Christopher Lee offers an $85 3-course menu that will bring you to your knees.
While wine director, Jason Ferris, has assembled a superb wine list with many bottles priced under $100, you may want to throw caution to the wind and request that appropriate wines be matched to each course. Or go for broke and sample the 7-course tasting menu for $140, with $75 surcharge for wines. Our only request was that Mr. Ferris not select California wine (not that we don’t like them). A brief chat concerning out taste in wine and Ferris came up with the paring below. He also is easy going, guiding and listens. In other words, everything a great sommelier should be, but so often isn’t.
We chose the 3-course route (ordering two different choices for each course). The chef sent out a few on his own and we savored such culinary delights as the following menu can only suggest. The wines were magically paired.
Favorites included Hudson Valley Foie Gras, with roasted peanuts and passion fruit; French White Asparagus with California snails and pickled ramps was ravishing. Olive-oil poached wild Atlantic Salmon melted in one’s mouth. And let’s not neglect the rapturous Mild-Fed pork with fiddle head ferns. Despite some of the complex food descriptions, Chef Lee gets it right every time, knowing that less is more. Beautiful presentations never get in the way of flavor.
David Carmichael’s knockout deserts include luscious toasted carrot cake and a mint chocolate ice cream. Under manager, Christopher Day’s direction, service is among the best in Manhattan. GILT, 455 MADISON AVENUE, has evolved into one of New York’s top 5 restaurants and rates A Major on the Walman Report.
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