NYC Restaurant Profile: Beautique
At street level, there’s a cube with tinted windows and sign poles supporting transparent boxes which hold the beautifully minimalist food and drink menus of Beautique. Just inside, sits a beautifully lacquered grand piano and past that, a curved, descending staircase. Even taking the piano into consideration, it’s a pretty unassuming entrance compared to what lies beneath.
It’s said that the décor was inspired by Coco Chanel’s Parisian home and after doing a bit of research, I’d say one can see the resemblance. It’s especially apparent in the textures - the velveteen chairs, the intermittent soft beiges, mixed with hard grays and blacks, well-worn leathers, and myriad decanters lining the main dining room.
This winter at Beautique:
The food and cocktail programs on the other hand, don’t try nearly as hard to be spectacular. They impress with whimsy. They nonchalantly knock your socks off: From a small flourish like a club-shaped hole punched into the orange peel in a “King of Clubs” cocktail, to a “Crab Flan” appetizer that will take you on a salty-sweet-crispy-oceanic taste voyage (despite its simple moniker).
8 West 58th Street, 212-753-1200; beautiquedining.com