A Pinch of Salt

A Pinch of Salt

  • Daniel Kramp
  • 11/15/22

The Clocktower 
Where:  5 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010 | Flatiron

The menu at The Clocktower can best be described as “vaguely” English, in that you’ll find things like Dover sole and pigeon pie intermingled with skirt steak and halibut and mac 'n cheese, which in reality is probably the most authentic expression of American dining that you can find. What’s more American than a little bit of everything? A lot of everything. And there’s a lot of delicious food here.

Beyond what there is to eat, there is also a lot to see in this restaurant. The space takes up the entire second floor of the Edition Hotel on Madison Square Park and is comprised of several rooms decorated wall-to-wall with classic photographs of musicians, actors, and artists. There’s even a purple pool table, just to make sure you know the place is pretttty chill ;).

Ultimately, the good vibes in the room come less from the props and more from the excellent and professional service. This is not just another hotel restaurant. This is a restaurant on par with some of the best in this city.

Where: 90 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003 | East Village

 You’ll see dishes that nod to classic European dishes that don’t resort to predictable remixes. A good example is the swordfish au Poivre, a steak-like cut of tender fish smothered in a vibrant, floral green peppercorn sauce.

The razor clams are bright and pleasantly saline, with a hint of sweetness and spice from the topping of grated apple and horseradish. Next, try the dish of pillowy agnolotti stuffed with chicken liver and drowned in browned butter. It’s obscenely rich and absolutely necessary. Finish with the many-layered slab of devil’s food cake, reminiscent of Miss Trunchbull’s prized dessert from Matilda.

You will probably have to go through some effort to get a reservation for the foreseeable future, but it’s worth it. After all, there’s that fantastic chocolate cake at the end. 


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