Are you in a New York state of mind? Head over to The Lamb’s Club Restaurant and Lounge in the Theater District’s Chatwal Hotel to experience the glamour and sophistication of 1930s New York. Art Deco-style red leather (and very comfortable) banquettes and bright chrome fixtures carry through the lobby bar, the restaurant, and the mezzanine lounge. (Check out the hanging Empire State Building lamps over the bar.) Restaurant walls are adorned with black-and-white photos of members of the original Lamb’s Club, such as Fred Astaire and John Barrymore, although the restaurant and lounge are not officially connected to that organization.
Chef and partner Jeffrey Zakarian, who has a storied career in hotel restaurants, most recently Town/Country, provides an eclectic American menu. In keeping with the era, the lunch menu includes a Dagwood sandwich, although with roasted free-range turkey, bacon, and avocado, it beats anything Dagwood Bumstead created in the comic strip. There are separate day and evening menus for the lounge and restaurant, but some items appear on both. Another lunch favorite is pea greens fettuccini, with piave vecchio, a hard Italian cheese with a nutty flavor. And have you ever had charred broccoli? It’s a fabulous smoky side dish.
The lounge menu features small plates such as spicy veal meatballs, the sirloin burger, and raw marinated hamachi with pear, wasabi, and lemon. The lounge, by the way, is a lovely place to stop for afternoon tea. Select from an extensive list of premium international teas along with cookies and sweet treats. Restaurant daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner; lounge daily until midnight; later on weekends. -- Marian Betancourt