When the people behind Carbone and Sadelle’s take over the Four Seasons, one of New York’s most iconic restaurants for decades, expectations are going to be high. Fortunately, ours were exceeded - dinner here is an excellent experience. A lot of the dishes are made tableside, from a pasta where the sauce is made with an old-fashioned duck press to a prime rib to a flambéed dessert. Eating here is definitely a bit of a show, and there’s a bit of a Mad Men feel to the whole thing, but not in a cartoonish way at all - and without the smoking and misogyny. If anything, you feel like you’re in the 2017 version of “classic New York.” Two notes: it’s very expensive, and if you’re female, check out the “ladies lounge” on the way out, which may be the best bathroom in New York.
Stay tuned for an upcoming review soon.