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The Aviary

Mandarin Oriental, New York
80 Columbus Cir., New York, NY 10023 40.76827 -73.982284
at 60th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
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  • Cuisine: American Nouveau
  • Critics' Rating: **

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Official Website

aviarynyc.com

Hours

Sun-Wed, 11:30am-3:30pm, 4:30pm-11pm; Fri-Sat, 11:30am-3:30pm, 4:30pm-midnight

Nearby Subway Stops

1, A, B, C, D at 59th St.-Columbus Circle

Special Features

  • Dine at the Bar
  • Good for Groups
  • Hot Spot
  • Lunch
  • Notable Chef
  • Reservations Not Required
  • Online Reservation

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Required

Profile

Enticing creations are on display high over Columbus Circle in the sky lobby of the Mandarin Oriental hotel, where Grant Achatz and his itinerant troupe of herbalogists, “drink-makers,” and madcap cooks have opened the New York branch of his famous Chicago bar The Aviary. Yes, the lobby setting feels a little impersonal, and if you’re familiar with the famous chef’s experiments back in Chicago, purchasing one of the many booking options on the restaurant website might feel a little like buying tickets to the performance of a traveling production of Cats, say, or a long-running Vegas magic show. But for grizzled, no-nonsense New Yorkers who’re used to taking their ritual martinis straight up, and who’ve endured enough comfort-food manias over the past decade or so to last a lifetime, there’s a certain pleasurable release in sitting back and enjoying, at least for one boozy evening, Achatz’s carefully staged culinary creations, which include pork rinds as big as palm fronds, weirdly reimagined gin-and-tonics that look like the green contents of lava lamps, and painstakingly deconstructed Bloody Marys, which are reassembled tableside, like a magic trick.

Recommended Dishes

Giant Crispy Pork Skin, tempura Hawaiian shrimp and/or pork-belly curry, Black Truffle Explosion. Instead of dessert, save your calories (and cash) for drinks like the Bloody Mary, Margarita-ish, and Heart of Stone.

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