Ambiance: ☆☆☆ ½
Must try: Everything
Betony is a midtown miracle created by Executive Chef Bryce Shuman and General Manager Eamon Rockey, both former alumnus of Eleven Madison Park.
Betony offers stunning modern American fare that is served and plated with equal art and beauty. There were so many standout moments during my meal but lets just start with the bread. Each roll comes baked fresh and is served right from oven to plate. There was an amazing yogurt butter to go with it, which I just could not get enough of.
The “Grain Salad” is one of the most unusual salads I have tried and is definitely on the “must try” list.
Desserts delighted equally with a trio of amazing creations made from sweet corn. This one really blew me away as I usually don’t like sweets made with corn.
Chef Shuman’s cuisine certainly evokes memories of Eleven Madison Park’s signature style but somehow the food here seems simpler and more accessible.
Betony is housed in curiously ornate surroundings, which are a little incongruous with the modern flair used in its plates. This however is due to the extremely gaudy Bar Pushkin, which formerly occupied the space.
Betony is a fabulous addition to the New York dining scene. I, for one, cant wait to go back.
Here is some of what we ate:
Amuse Bouche – “Tomato Snow”