Recently opened Manhattan’s Financial District, Crown Shy
is already making waves in the New York culinary scene. From the Eleven Madison Park and Del Posto team, Crown Shy is not to miss. Located in a beautiful art deco building, it can be tricky to find the entrance to the restaurant itself. We went around 6PM on a summer Friday and thus were luckily enough to snag a table. Getting a reservation would be the safer way to go, people who arrived after us to walk in were being turned away. The cavernous restaurant can feel overwhelming, but the service was impeccable.
I started out with Flightplan cocktail, a blend of mezcal, Jamaican rum, togarshi, mango, and lime. It was as potent as it was refreshing! Every meal starts with a loaf of pull apart olive tapenade bread served with a whipped labneh. This divine creation is from the restaurant’s pastry chef Renata Ameni, another Eleven Madison Park vet.
Sharing the meal with friends is the way to go here, as many of the dishes are “small plates,” but we had no problem sharing them among four people. Our party included New York licensed Real Estate Agent Amanda Kahn
(I highly recommend her if you are looking to buy or sell in New York). For the appetizers, we started with the Gruyere Fritters (also a creation of the pastry chef Ameni), which were essentially cheesy, savory mini-churros. The white bean humus is also not to be missed, which is served with puffed bread for dipping. The humus is whipped to perfection with a spicy helping of ‘Nduja on top.
Our beyond fabulous waiter helped us course out each of these small plates to perfection. One of my favorite dishes of the evening was the caramelle pasta, which is shaped like little bow tie candies. Topped with morel mushrooms and stuffed with chevre cheese, these decadent pasta bites were rich and delicious. To keep the meal from being too hedonistic, we also tried the charred carrots with razor clams. And who can resist a charred octopus on the menu? The only disappointing aspect of this dish was how little octopus there was, it made it hard to share.
The most stunning dish of the evening was the roasted short rib for two. The squares of short rib are elegantly stacked on a bone and service with a chimichurri sauce and a side of quinoa. Underneath the potato foam are the short rib braised ends. To round off our savory dishes, we also had the blistered snap peas with wasabi and lemon. With dinner, I had one of the signature crown drinks: the Rum Crown of bitter orange, cinnamon, mandarin, and sour beer.
It is well worth saving room for dessert when eating at Crown Shy. We had two…the caramel bread pudding — meant to be scoped up and eaten with the apple flavored ice cream (action shot on right)– and roasted banana, caramel, and peanut butter dessert. Both were decadent and very enjoyable.
I highly recommend dinner at Crown Shy, it is a new not to be missed Manhattan restaurant. I wouldn’t be surprised if they had a Michelin star soon. Although getting a reservation is tricky, going early on a summer Friday (when everyone else has left the city), might be your best bet for scoring a table.