Forty Four: Identity Crisis

Forty Four
40 West 44 Street
New York, NY

Fourty Four is buried in the back of the Royalton Hotel and I do mean buried at the very end of the hotel. Indeed you have to walk through a block long cocktail lounge to get there. When you finally get to your table, the waiter does not hand you a menu, but asks you for drinks. When you tell him you have a reservation for dinner, the waiter disappears!

About 30 minutes later another waiter stops by to ask about drinks, again he tries to disappear, but we insisted. He then brought a DRINK menu. We persevered and finally got a dinner menu. At this point, my confidence in Forty four was not good.

We ordered and were pleasantly surprised when the food arrived hot and correct. The Cauliflower appetizer was delicious. The hanger steak was done correctly.  Best of all was the lobster risotto.

Forty Four is not cheap; there are $ 26 hamburgers on the menu. Dinner at Forty Four will cost about $ 120 for two without drinks.

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