Corner Bar, the restaurant in Dimes Square’s opulent Nine Orchard hotel, is the kind of place where you’ll suggest meeting up with your most fashionable, influential friends. The smattering of French and Italian bistro classics isn’t exciting, but it’s all very good. Sure, you might pay $50 for a fancy plate of buttered noodles, but they will be some of the best buttered noodles you’ve ever had.
Corner Bar puts a new spin on the idea of what a hotel restaurant in NYC should be. The combination of white subway tiling and dark wood makes the space feel both modern and timeless. The well-dressed staff will happily show you photos of their art projects while they pour you a cocktail. It feels like the kind of place where life-changing moments can happen, a nexus of power and influence in a casual outfit.
The restaurant is open all day, and breakfast is our favorite time to come here. The oeufs au plat, a dish of sunny eggs swimming in a rich, earthy mushroom broth, is one of the most worthwhile egg dishes in Manhattan. Coffee is served out of proper silver pots, and the morning light will make you feel like the main character in a Godard film.
By early afternoon, the place is packed with people who seem to have hours on a random weekday to linger over club sandwiches and nicoise salads while drinking Pimm’s Cups. The crowd spans startup wunderkinds, garden variety model/influencers, and people whose parents are paying rent on their LES apartments lunching with said parents. This will either annoy or delight you, but the nicoise salad is one of the most pleasant ways to eat vegetables in the afternoon in lower Manhattan.
Securing a peak dinner reservation here takes some effort, but getting one is an easy way to impress someone before you even arrive at the restaurant. This is the kind of place where you won’t feel weird if you get a little dressed up for dinner, but know that you’re going to spend $48 on steak au poivre that’s not big enough to share. This is fine, though, because you won’t want to.
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Ouefs au Plat
One of our favorite breakfast plates in Manhattan, this is almost like a vegetarian version of eggs au poivre, which is not really a thing, except now it is. We’d literally drink a mug of the mushroom broth.
They say you can tell everything you need to know about a cook by their soft scrambled eggs, and the ones here are incredible. They’re served with a generous helping of creme fraiche and shaved bottarga. It’s luxurious AF.
A throwback that somehow feels au courant in this space. It can be hard to find a lunch salad that actually makes you feel like you’ve eaten a real meal, but this one does the trick.
There are no riffs or elevated takes happening here, it’s just a really good Caesar salad. Those are allowed!
A lot of crudos feel like boring model food, but this is one you’ll actually want to order every time you come here. They use an olive oil that’s pressed with lemons, which gives this a transcendently light, bright flavor.
The tagliatelle here is really good, and this is a delicious plate of pasta. We can find no fault with it other than the $42 price tag, given how small the portion is.
Steak Au Poivre
If you look up “steak au poivre” in the dictionary, you might see a photo of Corner Bar’s steak offering. It’s simple but excellent.
If you like skinny fries with aioli, you’ll love these.
The soft serve sorbet is the only dessert worth getting here. The flavor changes periodically.