Sun-Weds, 11:30am-11pm; Thurs-Sat, 11:30am-midnight
A, C, E at 14th St.; L at Eighth Ave.
American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
35th St. to 55th St., Fifth Ave. to West End Ave.
Ember Room is another restaurant with famous chefs’ names on the proverbial marquee (if not necessarily in the kitchen): Here, it’s Todd English (the Plaza Food Hall) and Ian Chalermkittichai (Kittichai). A few menu items are tasty enough for Hell’s Kitcheners to crave: Chocolate ribs are not exactly a challenge to palates -- the half rack of melty pork is smothered, almost to death, by a tangy, cocoa-infused barbeque sauce; A bowl of spunky, smoky red curry hosts a tasty leg of duck confit. But watch out for misses—a fried whole fish looks appetizing but was too soggy and lacking in flavor to excite. Aesthetically, the three-tiered space is interesting: Raw, splintery hunks of wood are pieced together on one wall, a slew of huge industrial whisks adorns another, and a stretch of tinkling temple bells span the ceiling.Recommended Dishes
Chocolate ribs, $11; red curry crispy duck, $16