Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Lunch With a View

You’ve seen the structure in the park, but what can you expect inside?

Celsius at Bryant Park is a two story restaurant and lounge that accompanies The Pond every winter season. Both levels provide excellent views of the ice skating rink. Indoor and outdoor heating, and a menu of comfort foods like macaroni and cheese, chicken pot pie, and chili, create a toasty venue for business lunches, leisurely meals, after work drinks, or parties.

Four coworkers and I headed to Celsius for lunch last week. We opted for an indoor table and were seated on the second floor next to the westward facing wall of windows. As expected we engaged in some spectacular people watching during the meal.

On to the food. Two plates were ordered to share as appetizers: the Beet and Goat Cheese Salad (described on the menu as mixed greens, roasted beets, goat cheese, spiced walnuts and white balsamic vinaigrette) and Potato and Cheese Pierogies (with pomegranate-apple compote, sour cream and caramelized onions).

The beets and greens were fresh, the goat cheese creamy, and the dressing was tangy but not overwhelming…

We asked for the spiced walnuts on the side, which were served warm with hints of cinnamon and paprika. Very tasty.

We were impressed by the lovely presentation of the pierogies. The sour cream and compote made a nice, light sauce combination. We managed to share the three pieces among five people, but wouldn’t have said no to one or two more on the plate!

For the main course, three of us ordered the Veggie Chili (tempeh, peppers, beans and spices simmered in a rich tomato sauce), while the other two picked the Home-style Chicken Pot Pie (chicken, vegetables and gravy, slow baked and topped with a savory pie crust).

As one of the Veggie Chili consumers, I appreciated the hearty lunch portion, and left feeling full and satisfied. The chili was flavorful as well as colorful, topped with grated cheddar cheese, red onions, and scallions.

Served in a personal size skillet, the Chicken Pot Pie came piping hot straight from the oven. It was filled with large chunks of white meat chicken, peas, carrots, and celery beneath a flaky crust. Comfort food at its best. The dish has gotten unsolicited rave reviews from other Bryant Park staff members who have dined at Celsius.

We also shared a perfectly crispy side of french fries during the main course.

Lunch left us too full for dessert but the options look good enough to satisfy any sweet tooth. Celsius also boasts a menu of signature cocktails and a full bar with a lively after work scene.

The service during our meal was friendly, attentive, and timely, allowing us to return to the office within an hour.

If you haven’t tried it yet, now is the time. Celsius and The Pond are open through January 24. Click here for restaurant hours, food and drinks menus, prices, and for information about hosting an event at Celsius.

1 comment:

  1. That veggie chili looks so good! I love that they included tempeh in it. Must try it this winter for sure.