THE LAMBS CLUB, NYC ***May’s Restaurant of the Month***
THE LAMBS CLUB is so austere there’s a sign at the entrance that reads, “Open To The Public,” to let mere mortals know that they, too, can have access to exceptional dining in grandeur and style. Located at 132 West 44th Street – a tourist-laden Manhattan block that houses exclusive university clubs, famous luxe hotels, and Broadway royalty, such notification is indeed warranted as the restaurant’s distinct exterior could easily intimidate the average passerby. However, spotting Queen Latifah in the pristine and opulent lobby when I visited for the first time last week, was instant indication that The Lambs Club is in a league of its own.
Chef Geoffrey Zakarian‘s evident experience from Le Cirque, London’s Dorchester Hotel and Miami’s Delano Hotel lies in every detail at The Lambs Club. The contemporary art Deco style is buffed up with swanky red leather banquettes and chairs, chrome lighting, glossy black walls, portraits of Hollywood stars, and a 19th century fireplace that adds elegance, sophistication and flair to the exclusive clubhouse tone. It’s sexy, it’s vogue, it’s like walking into an exclusive and secret society.
As if the suited up, well-versed service is not enough to impress (one of the hosts, yes host, had on gold spiked Louboutin loafers), one bite from the bread basket alone prompts immediate fervor for what’s to follow. The butter liquifies upon first spread over the soft and hot sesame seed topped loaf that is magnificently infused with onion and mascarpone cheese! I mean, do I have to say anymore?
The Lambs Club offers a variety of menus for various occasions – lunch, pre-theatre, post-theatre, dinner, and breakfast! I went in for an 8:30pm dinner and the menu was three-courses for $72.00, and I started with the Torchon of Foie Gras. Served with a side of toasted bread, the delicious terrine-style liver is topped with an onion jam and a turnip, while sitting on a spicy mustard emulsion that provides the perfect zing to the creamy and rich pate.
The menu features the best in American cuisine… There’s octopus, spaghetti with blue crab, white asparagus and duck triangoli – and that’s just the appetizers! Of the main entrees, there’s cod, sole, chicken, steak, and, of course, lamb! Because of the onion roll and house made fries, my special request for their burger was accommodated! Aside from being cooked to perfection, the toasted yet soft bread was heaven sent, the cheese glob was gooey and the salty fries were thick-cut with a perfect balance of a crisp exterior with a limp center! LOVED IT!
The Loin of Lamb dish is dredged in a sweet au jus and served with sweet carrots and spinach raviolis! Dainty and neat, the appeal of this dish does not fall flat in presentation.
The Lambs Club did have one downside that paled in comparison to everything else that they did get right! But I must inform you of the caramelized cauliflower side. Aside from it being way too salty it came with chopped nuts and dried apricot… It was too sweet, too salty and just not my type of cauliflower. A disappointment, but nothing major, because everything isn’t for everybody.
Dessert is a must at the Lambs Club. The portions are stupendous! During the starters and main course, dish portions are just enough to fill you up and desserts are small enough to taste and not be overwhelmed.
The coffee cake was a petite slice of moist pound cake topped with Amaretto toffee and espresso semifreddo (like ice cream). It was decadent and the perfect companion to my after-dinner coffee. I don’t use sugar in my coffee, so the cake added the perfect sweet stability I needed for palate cleansing.
I loved The Lambs Club! It’s exquisite dining at it’s best! Located in Midtown Manhattan, it’s easily accessible, splendidly styled and deliciously divine. Go for the food, go for a rendezvous, but whatever you do, just go to the Lambs Club! You will feel like a New York socialite, but you’ll dine like a king!
SPECIAL SHOUT OUT to RACHEL LANSING, TRACIE SIMON & my old friend JEFFREY JAH! I had the best time – THANK YOU!