Combines East Side Swank, With Surprisingly Good Food
The Charming Back Dining Room (Above)
1007 Lexington Ave., New York, NY; (212) 535-6000
Hours of Operation: Open for Lunch & Dinner.
There are three reasons to check out this long, narrow restaurant, peppered with pictures of Swifty, celebrated restaurateur Glenn Bernbaum’s perky pug. The most obvious is if you live in the neighborhood. The second is if you’re an in-the-light socialite (or wanna get a glimpse of some notable examples). The last is for some unexpectedly good food by executive-chef Stephen Attoe.Even the Melba Toast is house-made and delicious.
Truth be told, I have always had a place in my heart for this watering-hole-for the-rich with its cozy English manor-house back room with wood-beamed ceilings, bright laminated photos, skylight and windows sporting bamboo shades. (The warm atmosphere, enhanced by seasonal flowers, was created by renowned decorator Mario Buatta.)
Appetizers are just stylish enough to be fashionable — just familiar enough not to offend: Corn Fritters with Alaskan Salmon Roe and Crème Fraiche was as downtown-a-dish as Jumbo Lump Crabmeat on Tomato Aspic was fancied-up steak house. East/West Coast Oysters were beautifully fresh and a perfect compromise, between old and new.
Entree fare includes the signature "twin burgers" with delicious slaw, and fries, the noteworthy Crab Cakes; a beautifully grilled Angus Strip Steak with Béarnaise sauce and fabulous Fries; and specials such as cooked to perfection Roasted Loin of Venison, Braised Red Cabbage, Gratin Potatoes.
Swifty’s Is Also Doing A Sunday Evening Lobster Dinner For Two With Choice Of Field Green Salad Or Corn Chowder, Homemade Ice Cream, Sorbet Or Cookies And A Bottle Of Either Red or White Wine For Just $125.00. Now that’s a real deal and the lobster is tender and juicy (2 steamed or grilled 1 & 1/4 pound Maine Lobsters, slaw & those fabulous fries).
Desserts are all homemade American adaptations and some are extraordinary, such as Classic Vanilla Meringue Cake that is light and luscious, Granny Smith Apple Galette, with Creme Fraiche and Lemon Pound Cake with whipped cream. Inquire if the Chocolate Soufflé is available, if so, go for it. The homemade Ice creams make a great sundae and what classic meringue cake!
The wine list is small and offers some good values under $60, like Chateau-Fuisse, Pouilly Fuisse, Tete de Cru, 2009 for $58: a best buy.
Service is very friendly and accommodating. On our visit, the Maître d’ Romana was wonderful. Since chef Stephen Attoe is part owner, he is hands on and in the kitchen, which explains the carefully prepared food. Swifty’s may be a club, but first timers get a warm welcome. For an extraordinary treat, observe the regulars and order a sometimes-on-the-menu Cheese Soufflé with Mustard Sauce. It is arguably the best in town. (It has now been added to the menu and remains a paragon of perfection).
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Sample Dinner Menu (Prices and Content Subject To Change)
Prosciutto di Parma, Celery Remoulade 19
Soup du Jour 10.50
Warm Kale Salad, Pancetta, Shaved Pecorino, Poached Egg 16
Artichoke, Balsamic Vinaigrette 19.50
Selection of East Coast Oysters and Top Neck Clams 20
Endive, Arugula, Baby Beets, Goat Cheese 15
House Made Torchon of Foie Gras, Candied Apricots, Brioche 23
Corn Fritters, Alaskan Salmon Roe, Creme Fraiche 19
Gravlax of Salmon, English Cucumber, Mustard Dill Sauce 19
Iceberg Lettuce, Tomatoes, Red Onion, Blue Cheese Dressing 16
Jumbo Lump Crabmeat, Tomato Aspic 26
Tuna Carpaccio, Green Onion, Ginger 32
Grilled Swordfish, Green Rice, Heirloom Tomato Sauce 31
Curried Chicken Salad, Banana, Avocado, Almonds, Mango Chutney 23
Grilled American Red Snapper, White Beans, Green Herb Sauce 34
Roasted Scottish Salmon, Eggplant Caponata, Balsamic Reduction 29
Cheese Souffle, Field Greens, Mustard Sauce 29
Swifty’s Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, Creamed Spinach 34
Risotto with Winter Vegetable Curry 26
Swifty’s Baked Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Haricot Verts 27
Roasted Loin of Venison, Braised Red Cabbage, Gratin Potatoes 31
Calves Liver, Sauteed Onions, Smoked Bacon 29
Three Cheese and Spinach Ravioli, Light Tomato Sauce 25
Black Angus Strip Steak, French Fries, Béarnaise Sauce 39
Grass Fed Grilled Twin Burgers, Swifty’s Slaw, French Fries 28
Pasture Raised Prime Black Angus Hamburger, Aged Cheddar Cheese, Chili Fries, Chipotle Ketchup 28
Roast Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Carrots, Haricot Verts 29
Salads & Sides
Organic Farm Greens 11
Caesar Salad 15
Haricot Verts 10
Creamed Spinach 10
French Fries 9
Mashed Potatoes 9
Swifty’s Slaw 9.50
Honey Crisp Apple Tart, Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Gluten Free Blood Orange Cake, Creme Fraiche
Chocolate Molten Cake, Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, Raspberry Coulis
Classic Vanilla Meringue Cake
Carrot Cake, Molasses Cream Cheese Frosting
Homemade Ice Cream and Sorbet
Swifty’s Chocolate Mousse, Fresh Whipped Cream
Tahitian Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee
Lemon Meringue Pie
Assorted Homemade Cookies
Seasonal Farmer’s Market Fruit Plate
All Desserts Made on Premises
For Swifty’s Full Service Catering Please call (212) 861-5350
Established: October 1999 (Celebrating 15th Anniversary)
Location: 1007 Lexington Avenue | Btwn E 72nd & E 73rd
New York, NY 10021
Telephone: (212) 535-6000
Owners: Robert Caravaggi
Executive Chef: Stephen Attoe
Catering Director: Jay Jolly
Cuisine: American with European specialties
Features: Open seven days for lunch and dinner. Private lunches and dinners up to 44 guests. Cocktail parties up to 65 guests.
Description: Renowned restaurateurs Chef Stephen Attoe and Robert Caravaggi, former chef and maître d’ respectively of legendary Upper East Side boîte, Mortimer’s, created Swifty’s in 1999. Swifty’s combines classic, straight-forward American and European cuisine with impeccable service and warm ambiance. Revolving fine art exhibits in both rooms add to this American bistro’s festive atmosphere.
The glamor and sophistication of Swifty’s also emanates from the distinctive clientele who have graced its tables since the day it was born. Swifty’s is the rare kind of classy neighborhood watering hole where all are welcome to enjoy the fun and cultured atmosphere.
Décor: Decorated by famed decorators Mario Buatta and Anne Eisenhower – the décor at Swifty’s is reminiscent of a well-appointed English country house – the wooden paneling, patterned wallpaper, leather banquettes and mirrored walls are shown off to most romantic effect by dimly-lit lamps in the evening. The intimate dining room, with rustic wooden floors and enhanced with seasonal flowers, presents the perfect place for a catch up with friends or a romantic dinner. The adjoining dining room at the back of the restaurant, holds up to 44 guests for a private lunch or dinner. Cocktail parties are welcome for up to 65 guests.
Dress Code: Business casual/jacket recommended
Popular Menu items: Corn fritters with Alaskan Salmon roe
Jumbo lump crabmeat served with tomato aspic
Gruyere cheese soufflé
Blackened Cod fish taco, dipping Sauce, chopped salad
Curried chicken salad, with banana, avocado, almonds, mango chutney
Black Angus NY strip steak, French fries, Béarnaise sauce
Roasted loin of venison, potatoes gratin
Grass fed grilled twin burgers, Swifty’s Slaw, French fries
Peconic Bay scallops meunière, creamed spinach
Sashimi grade tuna carpaccio, ginger, green onions
Desserts: Chocolate and grand marnier soufflés
Vanilla meringue cake
Catering Service: Swifty’s Event Catering is used at many of New York’s social functions. From events at the Frick Collection, to the Sloan Kettering Benefit at the International Fine Arts and Antiques Show, as well as private lunches and dinners at home, Swifty’s Events Catering always reflects the personality and style of every host.
Celebrity clients: Celebrity clientele through the years and recently include: Owen Wilson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tory Burch, Ricky Gervais, Valentino Garavani, Sopranos creator David Chase, Christine Baranski Tony Bennett, Roger Waters, Jude Law, Anjelica Huston, Jane Fonda, Fernando Botero and more. Society names include Blaine Trump, Jamee Gregory, Reinaldo and Carolina Herrera, Laura Bush, Debbie Bancroft, Wendy Vanderbilt, Emelia Fanjul, Serena Boardman, Jeb Bush, Mark Gilbertson, Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith, Dan Lufkin, Emelia St Amand, and Aerin Lauder.
Hours of Operation: Open daily for lunch and dinner
Credit Cards: All major credit cards accepted