The Parlour Midtown
247 W. 30th St., New York (Chelsea)
“ ’Tis many a sad morning followed a merry night,” warns the sign in Gaelic, above an English translation, on the wall of the four-month-old and impossibly glam Irish gastro–steak house (calling it a pub would be a little like describing Le Bernardin as a fish joint). Here, double-story panes of glass welcome you into a room of exposed pipes, steel fittings and all things sleek and minimalist—gastro loft, perhaps. Pull up a metal stool, nicely padded in leather, at the long bar and pay no attention to the two men staring down at you from giant canvases on high—Bono and Oscar Wilde, as it turns out, in vaguely Pop art renditions that might have taxied up from a gallery in Chelsea for a little fun in Midtown. Or take a seat in the cozy room in back. There’s plenty of pub grub staples, but you won’t want to miss the steaks from executive chef David Amorelli, who won two stars from the New York Times while at Cité. And if the chowder isn’t exactly what you were expecting, perhaps the house leprechaun sprinkled in the cockles and leeks when the chef wasn’t looking. How you spend your sad mornings is up to you. For those merry nights, the Parlour awaits.
Cowboy rib eye
Dublin toast (hot buttered prawns and garlic on toast)
Cockles and sweet corn chowder
“Bacon and eggs” (deviled eggs and charbroiled bacon)
view full menu here
Depends on what you want. The bar is great for socializing, and the tables and booths in the back are nice for dinner. There are two tables in the front window for large parties that combine the best of both worlds.
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The mezzanine can hold up to 100 people for private parties, but still overlooks all the festivities below. For the more serious-minded, there’s a private boardroom downstairs for 20, all set up for your laptop Powerpoint presentation.
lunch: 11:30 AM–3 PM
dinner: Mon.–Fri. 4 PM–11 PM
closed Saturday (through summer) and Sunday
$12 (pappardelle lamb “Bolognese”) to $39 (porterhouse steak)
247 W. 30th St. (between Eighth Ave. and Seventh Ave.; subway; A, B, C and 1, 2, 3 to 34th St.–Penn Station), New York, NY 10001; 212-967-1070