In a city where several seatings a night are the norm, ADNY stood out for its one seating policy. It allowed diners to savor and stretch out the multiple course dinner over several hours. The professional, discreet, and customer oriented staff combined with the delicious food and ambiance provided the setting for a wonderful evening. The intimate ambiance and details like handbag stools, an after dinner sweets and candy trolley, a discreet and knowledgeable wine steward, and a souvenir brioche upon departure can make ADNY ideal for a special occasion or important meeting.
Chef Alain Ducasse to define and oversee the kitchen and restaurant
Handicapped Access Yes
Location At the Essex House Hotel in Central Park South Manhattan
Opened June 2000
Owned Laurence Geller of Strategic Hotel Capital
Pastry Chef Pierre Gatel supervised by Nicolas Berger
Restaurant Managers Yanis Stanisière, James Guzenski and Herve Durozard
Size Seats 65
Type Of Food : “Mediterranean-influenced and contemporary classic cuisine”
Specialties : Menu changes every month; ranging from three to six-course prix-fixe tasting menus
Wine And Spirits Details : A broad selection of domestic and imported wines and champagnes, including a number of “finds.”
A Clementine and imperial tangerine sorbet with bitter/sweet chocolate was the dessert for chocolate lovers. With it came a memorable Slovenian 2001 Tilia Adelajda Vipavska Dolina yellow Muscat. A candy trolley full of tempting choices including pastries, hard candy, and an apple caramel dessert, was brought over. In it were the lightest, most delicious marshmallows ever. A post dinner tasting revealed a tasty naturally flavored citrus lollipop.
Other Fifty-five staff members provided service and meals to ADNY diners. Since its opening four years ago, ADNY has: received The New York Times Four-Star review; the 2003 and 2004 AAA Five Diamond Award; Mobil Guide’s Five-Star Award since 2002; James Beard Foundation’s “Best New Restaurant of 2000” Award; was named one of Food & Wine’s 2002 “America’s Best Hotel Restaurants;” and one of Condé Nast Traveler’s 2001 “100 Hot Tables.”
Ease Of Reserving : Advance reservations advisable
Reviewers Article by Elena del Valle
Service In spite of a nearly full dining room (both private meeting rooms were occupied), a bevy of waiters tended to a diner’s every need. Other than a slight cold shoulder upon arrival and the disappearance of most of the staff at the end of the meal, the service was excellent.
The staff was knowledgeable, polite, patient, discrete, helpful and yes, très French. They patiently explained to neighboring guests how dishes were prepared, what the differences between the types of cheeses were, and why they were asked to order dessert at the beginning of the meal (so it could be prepared just right and arrive in perfect condition) among other things.
The sommelier or wine master was especially helpful and understanding. He selected a wine to accompany each of the dinner courses. He returned time and again to make sure his selections were appreciated. When they were not, he immediately offered an alternative. His playful choices were in harmony with the meal: Young, light American wines from New York’s Long Island , Virginia and a dessert wine from Slovenia (a favorite).
Would You Dine There Again? Yes