Prime At Bentley Hotel
Can anyone who has gone recently please share your views of the food, ambience, etc.?
I've heard mixed things about the food (from very good to supposedly that all the food is cooked off-site and merely reheated at the restaurant). Raves for specific dishes will be most appreciated.
Also, I've heard that the view is/was marred by renovation-related construction. Can someone please confirm one way or the other?
Bottom line, I'm looking for a nice Manhattan restaurant with good food to which I can take my family for a celebratory dinner.
I haven't been for a few months, which can make a food review out of date since the Prime group changes chefs, menus with some frequency. But if the online menu http://www.bentleyhotelnyc.com/bentle... is still accurate, they are keeping things pretty straightforward. A model they've had since they renovated the kitchen a few months after they opened. Great steak and happy food like sliders (their sliders are great) and popcorn chicken.
This makes sense. There is a very cool feeling to being in a glass box in the sky over Manhattan. So you go there for that feeling (and because the Rainbow Room doesn't have a hechscher). You go to the Bentley to have a few drinks, to party, to drink and eat with friends in a fun atmosphere, or to party late into the night motzei Shabbos.
As for a family celebration, I don't see why not. It's a great party space. Just, they are not aiming to cook "special dishes."
I agree with this assessment, although I haven't been there in about a year and a half. The food is solid, well-chosen and well-executed, if not outrageously creative, and the mixed drinks were delicious.
The service was great--a perfect balance between attentive and "hovering", and when they found out we were celebrating a special occasion, we got a complimentary dessert!
The views are great, and the whole place had a romantic, special feel to it (or maybe that was the cocktails talking ;)