- Lever House
390 Park Avenue, 212-888-2700
Lever House’s debut garnered almost as much media attention as the Martha trial, yet the staff never betrayed an ounce of hesitation, lack of nerve, or loss of humor. Amid all that scrutiny and the constant changes in the menu (the food, by the way, has gone from good to gotta-have-it), the staff has proved just what a professional, personable, and (very) good-looking group of servers is worth when it functions unflappably, informatively, and with an acute awareness that it’s ultimately the customers who should feel fabulous, not them.
From the 2004 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).