CITYHOUSE DEBUTS AS MANHATTAN’S NEW DINING EXPERIENCE AT THE PARK CENTRAL HOTEL

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cityhouse is open from 6:30am to 10pm and located at 870 Seventh Avenue at the corner of 56th Street. For reservations please call 212-707-5500.

Website: http://www.parkcentralny.com/dining/dining.cfm

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Manhattan’s sleek new contemporary steakhouse, cityhouse, has opened its doors at the Park Central Hotel, offering a diverse menu of modern American classics and the best cuts of USDA prime beef.

The spacious room is attractive with its minimalist black color scheme, including sleek tables and banquettes, sans cloths, set with eye-catching glassware and small vases sprouting calla lilies. The floor to ceiling windows offer sweeping views of Seventh Avenue and a colorful cast of tourists, local characters and all the Theater District activity.cityhouse interior shot compressed

  • Executive Chef, Fabio Capparelli, a budding culinary talent, formerly of the acclaimed BLT Steak at the Ritz-Carlton in Westchester, has crafted innovative signature plates for his latest venture. cityhouse's tri-color melon salad
  • Melon Salad (Above)

Dishes include a sublime lobstertini, succulent slow braised tomahawk short ribs (below)cityhouse's thai influenced braised short rib with crispy summer mushroms, potato au gratin and enchanting pistachio crusted diver scallops. Flawlessly prepared steak entrees from the cowboy rib-eye to the first rate veal chop are accompanied by a vast choice of outstanding sides from Capparelli’s  mac n’ 5 cheeses and  peerless truffle fries to the hen of the woods mushrooms and creamed spinach. cityhouse's Togorashi seared scallop with purple cauliflower espresso

Seared Scallop with Purple Cauliflower Espresso (Above)

 

 Chilean Sea Bass (below)

cityhouse's misoyaki chilean sea bass with english peas, white asparagus, purple tip asparagus, morels, kaffir lime cream

Service is very helpful and seamless and with a few tweaks, cityhouse could prove to be one of midtown’s more pleasant dining options. Lighting is muted and the soundtrack in kept low (but a less obtrusive selection of music would be more fitting than the hip-hot tracks played on our visit). Also, a tad of communication between the kitchen, waitstaff and menu would avoid, some minor disappointments, such as avocado, which was described as a component of the lobstertini and cobb salad, but , alas was conspicuous by its absence. The cobb salad was delicious, but purists be forewarned: it is a deconstructed version.cityhouse's colorado rack of lamb summer grits, fava beans, shriaz demi

Rack of Lamb with Summer Grits (above) 

The grilling is an absolute high point and meats were properly aged 28 days, thus avoiding the all-to-often encountered gamey flavor so many steak houses are proselytizing these days.

There is a terrific Mint Julep here and the always dependable Pommery NV Champagne offers the best choice at $16 the glass on a mostly American wine list that is fairly priced.cityhouse photo_sm_ps_new3n

Desserts like the Key Lime Cheesecake and Lemon Blossom Vanilla cake are stylish and delicious, as is the iced Cappuccino.cityhouse's warm chocolate lava cake

Chocolate Lava Cake (Above)

Conveniently located near Central Park and just steps away from Carnegie Hall, cityhouse is the ideal spot not only for power business lunches and chic dinners but also pre-theater dining with generous prix fixe menus for both lunch and dinner. cityhouse is the perfect place to enjoy weekend brunches and signature cocktails such as the refreshing bellatini, made from a unique blend of premium tropical juices, fine French cognac and a touch of ultra premium vodka shaken to a chill and garnished with fresh squeezed key limes. 

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