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The Clocktower

Restaurants, American Flatiron
3 out of 5 stars
4 out of 5 stars
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Photograph: Paul WagtouiczDry-aged burger at the Clocktower
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Photograph: Paul WagtouiczUni risotto at the Clocktower
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Photograph: Paul WagtouiczSkirt steak at the Clocktower
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Photograph: Paul WagtouiczTuna tataki at the Clocktower
 (Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz)
Photograph: Paul WagtouiczThe Clocktower
 (Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz)
Photograph: Paul WagtouiczThe Clocktower

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

For the past five years, Jason Atherton has built himself a neat little empire—a tapas bar in Singapore, a soon-to-open hotel restaurant in Sydney and, most significantly, his London flagship Pollen Street Social, for which he grabbed a Michelin star in 2011.

But no matter how prolific or far-reaching, any chef with real global goals knows that, eventually, he has to tackle New York. It’s the if-I-can-make-it final frontier, and though many international chefs go limp in the city’s pressure-cooker dining scene, Atherton stays solid by focusing on no-fuss tavern fare done well at the Clocktower, his handsome, mahogany-trimmed partnership with Philadelphia restaurateur Stephen Starr inside the New York Edition Hotel.

There’s no toad-in-the-hole Anglicism on the menu (only imported Dover sole and upmarket fish-and-chips tip to the chef’s English heritage), but there’s a beautifully seasoned, ruby-centered skirt steak with triple-cooked chips and a gravy boat of thick béarnaise ($33), and a duteously funky dry-aged burger, laden with salty bacon, melted cheddar and Churchill sauce ($24). And the best thing on the menu isn’t even listed, a complimentary round of oven-warm, quartered sourdough with a whip of buttermilk butter.

It’s when Atherton kowtows to the room—a five-suite expanse of rock-god portraits, purple-felted pool tables and sharply bobbed diners—that things go off-kilter, with trendy gaffes like uni risotto that smacks too hard of yuzu peel ($21) and white asparagus that drowns in heady chicken-thigh jus and teeth-shattering “cornflakes.” Atherton, and the Clocktower as a whole, is better suited to craft over cool.

By: Christina Izzo



Address: 5 Madison Ave
Cross street: between 23rd and 24th Sts
Transport: Subway: N, R to 23rd St
Price: Average main course: $33. AmEx, MC, V.
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30–11pm; Fri, Sat 5:30pm–midnight
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4 out of 5 stars

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We came to visit The Clocktower during Winter NYC Restaurant Week and I was impressed. If you're looking for savory food, cozy atmosphere where you're able to chat and great staff--this place is a must try! It is located on the second level of the Edition hotel.

For starter, I had a shellfish ravioli with creamed leeks and lemongrass velouté. I highly recommend the 36-hour braised pork belly with fennel pollen and roasted apples as your entrée. The meat is cooked to perfection; savory ingredients and hopefully my photo below does justice to the meal and make your mouth watery by now! Lol. Lastly, for someone who's a sucker for Earl Grey, I cannot say no once written on the menu. Their version of Earl Grey panna cotta is very subtle.

Overall, I think you should try it at least once because it certainly is worth your bucks!

I happened to visit the restaurant on the night of their 2-month anniversary, and while they were still ironing out some of the details this was overall a really enjoyable experience! I had the pleasure of dining here on my company's dime, so I had the opportunity to try much more than I would have if I were responsible for the check - but if I dined on my own, I probably would have found it a bit pricey - although I do believe that the $120 steak for two is totally worth it! 

Our appetizers included:

homemade bread (amazing, don't need to order it, it's simply brought to the table), crab/uni/apple/lemon (served over a bed of ice...on a pedestal. super shmancy.), steak tartare w/roasted bone marrow (SO. GOOD. MUST. ORDER.), and seared scallops w/burnt butter (also excellent).

Our steak-for-two included:

Scalloped potatoes, a foie gras and green bean salad, bone marrow gravy, and the dry-aged steak-for-two. Overall, it was actually a bit salty. I don't know if it was 1 dish in particular or it was the combination of all of them, but it became cumbersome to finish due to the extreme amount of salt distracting our tastebuds.

Dessert included:

Pink Lady apple tarte tatin (for 2), smothered in caramel sauce with a scoop of madagascar vanilla ice cream. It was FANTASTIC!

I think we would totally go back just to enjoy that steak-for-two...with a bottle of wine, of course. (the Burgundy they paired for us was excellent!)

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