Mon-Fri, 7am-11pm; Sat, noon-11pm; Sun, closed
E, V at Lexington Ave.-53rd St.
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The team behind Sant Ambroeus brought Milan to Midtown East with Chef Mario Danieli’s northern Italian menu in the space that was formerly the business lunch mecca Lever House. The offerings are sorted into the traditional antipasti, pastas, and secondi. Lombardian staples like spaghetti arrabbiata and veal Milanese appear alongside the eclectic sea urchin crudo and yellowtail ceviche crudo. Pillowly gnudi di spinaci—ricotta dumplings whipped with spinach and sage—fall somewhere between classic and inspired. Located in the 1951 architectural landmark Lever House , the enveloping modern, space speckled with Warhol originals attracts Don Draper types from Park Avenue’s neighboring skyscrapers for expense-account-worthy meals often featuring whole branzino. During warmer months, the restaurant’s outdoor lounge caters to the recession-proof sorts unwinding on couches with salumi platters and prosecco cocktails in a setting that’s glam enough to make Fellini proud.