Recently Opened Restaurants
by Julie Besonen, 07/29/2015
Photo: Nikolas Koenig
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5 Madison Ave., 2nd fl., 212-413-4300, Flatiron District, Manhattan
An awesomely designed spiral staircase leads to The Clocktower, a classy new restaurant in the Flatiron District's New York Edition hotel. Named for the clock tower atop the landmark Met Life building, the mahogany-paneled, capacious space was once a lair for executives. Walls adorned with archival photos of literary lions and music legends stare down at tables in a labyrinth of dining rooms. There's also a billiard room with a purple felt table and a library-like bar where titans of industry and hotel guests mix. The trio of names to know behind it are Stephen Starr (Morimoto, Buddakan), Ian Schrager (Studio 54, Royalton, Gramercy Park Hotel) and Jason Atherton, a hotshot British chef with global reach: he oversees restaurants in London, Dubai and Hong Kong, among other destinations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served, with a menu ranging from tavern fare (fish and chips, dry-aged burger with bacon and cheddar) to ritzy (Dover sole, uni risotto with peekytoe crab and bottarga).