Robert Restaurant – New York

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On a recent trip to New York, I visited friends who live in Manhattan, and who know the food scene there. They brought me to Robert, a restaurant on the 9th floor of the Museum of Art & Design, which is on Columbus Circle, directly across from Trump Tower and Central Park. I presume it is named for Robert Olmstead, the designer of the park.

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I’d say it had a million dollar view, but in New York, that would be a $10 million, but I can get for you at $6,999,999!

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The design is ultra modern/retro, with unique touches like sculptural table dividers, high tables with bar stools, couch cocktail stlye tables, and traditional tables. The staff is knowledgeable, gracious and attentive.

They have an interesting cocktail list, with a mix of new and old. One of my friends enjoyed the Olmstead, made with Hendrick’s Gin, Rosemary, Thyme, Basil & Honey.

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The menu has a good selection.

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We started with SHRIMP & AVOCADO SALAD with Gazpacho Vinaigrette. This could have contained a bit more avocado, but it was delicious. We had two orders, one of which was split in the kitchen, and the split portion was almost as generous as the single portion!

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Another appetizer was BLUE BAY MUSSELS with Spanish Chorizo, Scallion, Grilled Herb Bread. I thought this was very good, especially the broth, but one of my buds said they were slightly tough. I didn’t think so, but I’m a Californian.

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The standout item was an appetizer to share, that Kathi had for her entree, the TUNA CARPACCIO PIZZA with Puff Pastry, Trout Caviar, Spicy Aioli. The buttery taste of the puff pastry really enhanced the richness of the tuna and caviar, and the aioli was perfect.

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Our entrees included an excellent PROSCIUTTO WRAPPED MONKFISH with Fava Bean & Chantarelle Succotash – very harmonious flavors; very tender fish

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And a wonderfully prepared DIVER SCALLOPS with Vegetable “Pasta”, Provencal Sauce

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We finished with a LEMON TART topped with bruleed meringue, with Fresh Blueberries, Vanilla Sorbet

A great meal in a classy, elegant environment with a super view. I’d go back. Don’t forget to stop at the gift shop for great design souvenirs.

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One Comment on “Robert Restaurant – New York”

  1. Mark says:

    My mistake on the name. It was named for legendary party planner Robert Isabel, who had passed away just before this opened. FREDERIC LAW OLMSTEAD designed Central Park. The drink is named after him. (Thanks Barry for the correction)


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