New York’s Park Room Unveils a New Menu
Park Lane Hotel
Created by executive chef Lawrence Sloves (he joined the hotel’s culinary team last month), the new menu at the Park Room is full of sumptuous classics and a couple of surprising, innovative additions.
Offerings include a luscious crab cake BLT, a melt-in-your-mouth lamb burger served on a brioche bun, and what Sloves describes as a “French take on nachos,” a warm potato chip creation made with melted Gruyère, pulled pork, and Shiitake mushrooms.
If you want something simple like, say, a chicken Caesar, you’re also in the right place — the chicken on that Caesar is juicy and succulent, not dry like it is on many salads.
With an entire wall of large windows along the northern-most side of the restaurant, the Park Room overlooks the pond at Central Park, and the view is stunning (yes, even to a native New Yorker like me).
Once upon a time, hotel restaurants may have been considered a pricey place to lunch, but 18 bucks for a burger and $22 for a basil crusted Atlantic cod is pretty standard these days, unless you’re eating at a diner or leaning up against the food truck you ordered from.
I strongly suggest dining on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, when 100-year-old piano playing legend Irving Fields will be tickling the ivories. Seriously, the guy’s a legend, and he’ll shuffle over to your table and take special requests.