On the third floor of the Time Warner Center, there’s a big restaurant called Bluebird London. It isn’t quite as fancy as Masa or Per Se (which are in the same building), but most people here will be dressed like they just left a meeting, and the whole place looks like an upscale lounge from the 1960s. The original Bluebird is in London (hence the name), and they serve English-influenced food here, like pork terrine and a beef wellington for two. Generally speaking, it’s all pretty good - although it’s definitely a little pricey, and the service is kind of stiff. So you don’t need to run here, but the next time you need to eat in Midtown with someone who’s entertained the idea of acquiring property in the Hamptons, it’ll come in handy.
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