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60 East 54th Street (near Park Avenue in Hotel Elysee)
(212) 288 1010 //

This 76 year old dinosaur, purchased and rebranded by Vanity Fair publishing magnet Graydon Carter
(with Ed Sorel) in 2009, attracts upper elites like major ball team owners, the heads of Dreamworks, the
Yankees, fashion icons like Marc Jacobs, etc. The surprise is that there are few places left like this gem
today. Under Carter's reign, it's found a place among the chicest power canteens. When things slowed,
Carter tapped Ken Friedman to turn it all around. Alas, the force
behind the Spotted Pig, the Breslin
and the John Dory Oyster Bar started a whole new buzz. The brilliant
restaurateur, who is serioulsy adept
at fusing
imaginative dishes with a chic scene and started networking. 
Enter new chef, Tom Colicchio's longtime Craft lieutenant Damon Wise, and star sommelier, Belinda Chang 
(James Beard Award winner) who left the Modern and is now manager here. New matre d' -host Michael Bailey
(Michael's), was also a real catch, as was head bartender, Julie Reiner of Clover Club and Lani Kai.With such 
high-voltage players in place, the Monkey Bar segued full steam ahead and is now clearly jumping full-throttle!

 Awesome delights.The wine is flawless. Desserts (by Victoria Nguyen) are luxurious.

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