Chef John DeLucie made his name turning out polished Continental plates for scenester crowds at the Waverly Inn and the Lion. Expect the same at his uptown debut: an elegant townhouse restaurant located one block from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. (Before opening, the restaurant hosted the Met Ball after-party, attended by Madonna and Sir Paul McCartney.) DeLucie put together a first-rate cast for the project, including executive chef Jason Hall (Gotham Bar & Grill), pastry chef Heather Bertinetti (Convivio, Alto) and sommelier Jordan Salcito (Eleven Madison Park).
24 E 81st St
|Cross street:||between Fifth and Madison Aves|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30–11pm; Fri, Sat5 :30pm–12:30 am|
|Transport:||Subway: 4, 5, 6 to 86th St; 6 to 77th St (Lexington Ave)|
|Price:||Average main course: $33. AmEx, MC, V|