Charlie Palmer Steak – LOST GEM
Charlie Palmer has arrived in Manhattan with a vengeance. There is no doubt that his plan was to hit the ground running, and keep on running during the remaining months of 2014. Yes, he had already made a name for himself with Aureole (first on Madison Avenue and now on 42nd Street), but in a matter of minutes he seems to have opened Crimson & Rye, has partnered with the Knickerbocker Hotel, also on 42nd Street, has plans for a restaurant on Third Avenue in the D&D building, and most recently opened Charlie Palmer Steak. It is exhausting just typing this, but I have no doubt that each and every one of his ventures will be a success.
Once home to Rothmann’s topnotch steakhouse, Mr. Palmer has decided it is time to bring his own take on the American steak restaurant to New York. The decor has been updated, but it still offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere with incredible food. I can still remember the superb meal that I had in Washington DC when we went with friends to Charlie Palmer a number of years ago; so, it was with great enthusiasm that I made reservations for my family and friends to visit this brand new restaurant on 54th. Our high expectations were met in every way. The food was first-rate, and although I do not indulge in steak, it gave me great pleasure to watch my son and husband savor theirs. But not to worry, I derived tremendous satisfaction from the house salad and a multitude of side dishes that came our way – from a truffle baked potato, mashed potatoes and French fries, to mac and cheese, and always my favorite, creamed spinach – it was an excellent meal.
What ended the evening perfectly was meeting Chef Ryan Lory who stopped by our table to say hello. He told us that he had owned his own bistro on the New Jersey shore, but after Hurricane Sandy found it difficult to regain his momentum. Thus, when Charlie Palmer called, he jumped at the opportunity, and is relishing every moment he gets to spend with this culinary giant.