The nearly private banquettes in this sedate peach-colored room would provide a nice huddle for midtown deal makers or illicit lovers—or anyone else who’s here for a reason other than the food. Appetizers and pastas can be pleasing, including the jumbo seared scallops basking in a brandied saffron sauce. But soggy bruschetta reeked of raw garlic; the chicken Montebello was a pallid paillard; and a special of striped bass was merely swiped with tomato sauce and dotted with a few chewy clams. Offerings from the rolling dessert cart were unremarkable.
120 E 56th St
|Cross street:||between Park and Lexington Aves|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Sat 11:30am–10:30pm|
|Transport:||Subway: N, R, W to Lexington Ave–59th St; 4, 5, 6 to 59th St|
|Price:||Average main course: $21. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V|