I don’t normally find myself in Midtown East, but I heard about a new place that just opened up, so, I had to check it out. I was off to Crimson & Rye.
Upon entering, you get the feel of walking into a grand, hotel lobby bar. The space is open, and spread out, allowing you to decompress and relax without feeling breathed on by tables on top of one another. They have bar seating, wrapping around the bar, rustically mis-matched plush leather seats and couches spread out around the restaurant, and some large, inviting booths as well.
They’re on the bandwagon movement of bringing wine barrels/kegs into play, and they offer a happy hour on those beers and wines, so, I went for a glass of Pinot Grigio from the keg. I really liked it, it was crisp, not too sweet, not too dry, with a light taste.
For dinner, I ordered the Niçoise Salad (seared tuna, green beans, olives, baby tomato, crispy shallot, eight minute egg, confit potato, white anchovy, meyer lemon vinaigrette). This was a really delicious salad. The crisp, fresh greens are lightly dressed in this slightly citrusy vinaigrette, adding a nice balance from some of the starchy and saltier components. I especially loved the seared tuna, crusted in a pepper rub and perfectly rare.
Name: Crimson & Rye
Location: 198 East 54th Street, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, there’s a really nice, sophisticated vibe, with a great view from the wrap-around windows facing the city street.
Would I recommend it? Yes. Whether you’re there for a little power lunch, a post work drink, or some delicious dinner, the environment is warm and spacious with great service.