Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Rinkside Dining: Lunch at Celsius

To do a post on the park's winter restaurant, Celsius, it seemed appropriate to take the other three members of BPC's social media team along for lunch.

The restaurant doesn't take reservations, and although it was crowded, we were seated right away at the last empty table upstairs. Floor to ceiling windows and a transparent roof make the space feel large, airy, and bright.

Other seating options include an indoor bar/lounge area downstairs, and an outdoor deck with tables and couches covered by heat lamps.

The menus:

  

Click for larger images. We're already planning a post-work visit to conduct important research on the extensive list of heart warmers and cocktails.

What we ate, shared appetizers:

 Potato and Cheese Pierogies, Toasted Margherita Flat Bread

 Crispy Calamari
What we ate, entrees:

 Chili

Beet and Goat Cheese Salad (on the menu as an appetizer, but filling enough to be an entree)

Jumbo Sliders (Mac and Cheese was also eaten, but not pictured)

The standouts:  Calamari, Chili, Beet and Goat Cheese Salad
The runners-up: Margherita Flat Bread and Sliders
Honorable mention:  The fries that came with the Sliders were perfectly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside (also available as a side order)


Our observations:

- Celsius clientele looked like an even mix of New Yorkers, business lunchers, and tourists (the downstairs bar is a magnet for the after-work crowd)
- Space and food are very kid friendly
- Service was speedy and attentive
- Higher prices than your typical lunch on the go, but similar to other sit down restaurants in the area
- You can't beat the view/instant entertainment-while-you-eat from the ice rink!
   
Outdoor seating


 
Downstairs bar/lounge

Celsius is open through February 27, 2011

Extended Holiday Hours
December 16 – December 30: Noon – Midnight

Regular Hours
Sunday – Wednesday: Noon – 10pm
Thursday – Saturday: Noon – Midnight

Celsius can get very busy on weekends and during the holidays, so plan your visit accordingly. Some areas of the restaurant may be closed occasionally for private parties.

3 comments:

  1. Celsius is a tourist trap with an ideal location. The manageron duty was rude because I was a single diner (I can guarantee you that my check including wine and an appetizer amounted to more than tables that had more than 1 person). She proceeded to greet customers at every table except mine further demonizing me because I was a single person. I had a large bill and despite the added 15% gratuity I tipped the waiter an additional amount because he was the only decent person in the joint. Do yourself a favor and dine at a real NYC eatery do not waste your time on mediocre food and an uppity staff.

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  2. Thanks for your comments, we have passed them on to the managers of the Celsius restaurant.

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  3. We have spoken with the management at Celsius, and they apologize if you felt the food was mediocre. They welcome your constructive criticism, and invite you to join them again, at their compliments, to experience the venue and food.

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