Crown Shy, the first solo project from renowned chefs James Kent (formerly Eleven Madison Park) and Jeff Katz, has taken up residence in the landmark Art Deco tower on 70 Pine Street. The seasonal New American-slash-Italian menu reads exactly how you would expect: a blend of New American fare and a more accessible yet refined Del Posto pasta offering. Smaller portions are created to be shared. The wine list is outstanding, and the cocktails offer a vibrant pop of color against the sleek, minimal interior decor that oozes sophistication. Standouts include cauliflower, Parmigiano, sherry; red snapper crudo; grilled citrus-marinated chicken; caramelle, morels, chèvre. Reservations are recommended. The bar is seated on a first-come, first-serve basis and you can order from the dining room’s full menu.
Random fact via Wikipedia: “Crown shyness is a phenomenon observed in some tree species, in which the crowns of fully stocked trees do not touch each other, forming a canopy.”