Let’s face it: well-known eating places in city locations that tout their views are normally vacationer traps with overpriced, mediocre meals. You could depart with footage of the beautiful surroundings, however the massive invoice and so so dishes will make you marvel if that tough to snag reservation was actually value it.
In my expertise, the reply has at all times been a powerful “no.”
Peak modified my thoughts.
Situated in New York on the a hundred and first flooring of 30 Hudson Yards, the tallest constructing within the eponymous growth, this stunner of a spot gives these “wow” panoramas, standout delicacies and unstuffy however spot-on service that units an instance of what true hospitality is all about.
It’s located one stage above Edge, the very best outside commentary deck within the Western Hemisphere, and incorporates a 110-seat eating room, cocktail bar, non-public eating part and an occasion house.
The restaurant, which is a part of the UK hospitality group Rhubarb Hospitality Collection, debuted on March 12, 2020- unlucky timing provided that the pandemic shut down the world nearly instantly after. The truth is, Peak closed two days after it opened.
Now that it’s open as soon as once more— or actually, for the primary time in earnest—it warrants a go to, whether or not you’re a New Yorker like me or visiting from out of city.
You’ll be becoming a member of different boldfacers who’ve lately been to Peak: the premiere of Justin Bieber’s new documentary, “Justin Bieber: Our World,” was held right here in mid-September. Additionally, final week, the Local weather Group hosted an occasion the place Jeff Bezos personally pledged to present away $1 billion in grants.
The journey, as a result of that’s what it’s, begins when company enter a lounge full with a bar on the constructing’s fifth flooring. You possibly can linger right here for a cocktail or be whisked off within the elevator to the principle occasion (I like to recommend the latter).
Celebrated structure agency Rockwell Group was charged with Peak’s design and took care to present the encompassing cityscape heart stage. The ground to ceiling home windows that greet diners after they first stroll in provide south-facing views of the skyline and Hudson River.
Different parts of the dramatic room embody a big curved gray steel bar; a mirror-polished champagne steel ceiling that displays the skyline; darkish oak flooring; tables in each marble and sycamore wooden; and mohair upholstered banquettes. A can’t miss gentle set up – a collaboration with the famend Czech glassmaking studio Lasvit – anchors the house.
Peak’s artwork assortment is putting and contains a big sculptural mural by artist Malcom Hill and items from collectible names akin to Margaret Boozer and Petr Weigl, a London-based modern artist who has exhibited all around the world.
Earlier than the meals, take pleasure in a drink. The choices, courtesy of beverage director and sommelier Zach Kameron, who lower his tooth at A Voce, are expansive and spectacular. A spirits wall showcases greater than 200 bottles of uncommon whiskeys, cognacs, sherry, port and mezcals, and the outdated world rolling champagne cart that arrives at your desk is stuffed with each acquainted and distinctive bubblies. (P.S. Krug by the glass is amongst is the choices).
Wines, extra 1100 in all, are primarily from France, Italy and the U.S. whereas the cocktail checklist is inventive and contains interesting non-alcoholic choices.
Imbibing doesn’t get extra elegant than this.
Now, to the meal itself.
Given my “that is for vacationers” notion, I went in with low expectations however was left shocked at how good the meals was.
Govt chef Chris Cryer, previously of Seamore’s, has created a menu of recent American dishes that exhibit the very best components he can get his fingers on.
“There are two elements that go into making our meals,” says Cryer. “The primary is outsourcing unimaginable components from native fisherman, farmers and purveyors. Then, it’s how we deal with them.”
Cryer says that he tries to be as native and seasonal as doable and provides smaller meals producers an opportunity to shine. The ricotta in his heritage carrots appetizer, for instance, options Jersey Woman Ricotta from a farm in New Jersey.
His full lineup appeals to quite a lot of eaters, whether or not you’re an omnivore, vegetarian or stick with gluten or dairy free.
Highlights embody yellowfin tuna with mango and fervour fruit; squid ink chitarra with little neck clams and Calabrian chili; a zucchini blossom with goat cheese, couscous and harissa; a hen with chanterelles and corn; roasted fluke with fava beans, chorizo and saffron; and a 30-day aged strip steak.
The dishes I attempted had been scrumptious, and there are a number of others that I’m excited to order on one other go to.
Sure, let me make that clear: Peak is a restaurant that you just may initially be drawn to for the views. Relaxation assured, nevertheless, that you just’ll come again for the meals, the stylish champagne cart that transports you to a different period and a lot extra.