The Four Seasons Restaurant

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For almost half a century, New York's grande dame of special-occasion restaurants has held court on 52nd Street. Though the Grill Room’s famously high-rolling power lunch is the institution's true raison’être, dinner in the Pool Room—a palatial dining arena centered on a bubbling marble pool—certainly has its charms. Signature dishes like the crisp-skinned duck, carved tableside, and delicate quenelles of Maryland crab haven’t lost their luster, but the song and dance of starched-white waiters spouting canned New York-isms can make even the most hardened Manhattanite feel like a tourist. Freebies, like great hives of bubblegum-pink cotton candy, soften the economic blow; it’s worth the expense, if only to see the show.
Venue name: The Four Seasons Restaurant
Address: 99 E 52nd St
New York
Cross street: between Park and Lexington Aves
Opening hours: Mon–Fri noon–2:30pm, 5–9:30pm; Sat 5–11pm
Transport: Subway: E, V to Lexington Ave–53rd St; 6 to 51st St
Price: Average main course: $46. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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