Step back in time and into luxury at Le Caprice. We appreciate that heading to the copy of a London resto while in Manhattan is a little strange but when you hear that a dinner experience is that lovely, it just has to be done.
Le Caprice, nestled within The Pierre hotel opposite Central Park, has been open since 2009, following the footsteps of its London counterpart, which has held court for over 60 years with the well-heeled across the Atlantic.
The Pierre, acquired by Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces in 2005, was chosen as the perfect place for Richard Caring’s restaurant (he also owns The Ivy and Annabel’s in London), and Le Caprice’s New York outpost has a distinctly Agatha Christie’s Poirot vibe – you feel like you have stepped back in time when you enter the revolving doors.
The design of the restaurant is the brainchild of Martin Brudnizki, who is responsible for the interiors at Scott’s, J Sheekey Oyster Bar and The Club at The Ivy, and mirrors that of the London outpost. The original David Bailey photographs of Sixties super model Jean Shrimpton in New York are the perfect adornments for the hallowed walls.
Once you have a prime position in the restaurant, order an aperitif from the lengthy cocktail list – a Martini or a Bellini seemed apt considering the surroundings – while perusing the extensive dinner and wine menus.
With a lot to choose from, a little of what you fancy is what to go for. Try the fabulous chicken and chanterelle soup with tarragon or the endive and pear salad with walnuts and pecorino cheese to whet your appetite, followed by the Grilled Barnsley lamb or Caprice burger with skinny fries. If you love fish, halibut, tiger prawns, grilled scallops or the Filet of Chatham cod are also delicious options. If you can manage dessert, the Eton Mess and Chocolate Souffle are amazing.
The famously judgemental restaurant critis AA Gill called it “the stock exchange for the arts” and, with all its power tables, intimate settings and delicious food, we cannot help but agree.