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701 Restaurant Restaurant Review: With the kitchen transformed by the arrival of executive chef Tony Conte, who also oversees the stoves of sibling The Oval Room, 701 Restaurant has gone modern American with dishes that are straightforward yet intriguingly seasoned with a hint of Asian or Italian notes. Take the luncheon beef cheeks, with the subtle flavors of ginger paired with jalapeño with touches of garlic and ginger. But the lunch menu offers lighter fare, too, including seafood, pasta and entrée salads, such as the chicken Cobb. You can even opt for a sandwich, maybe the burger with prosciutto and balsamic onions. At dinner, the offerings take a slightly different tack, with snacks that include duck confit tater tots, house-made pastas like sweet potato-squash ravioli, and hearty entrées, perhaps duck with creamy farro or rockfish with peekytoe crab chowder. Of course, desserts are rather elegant --- think coconut panna cotta and a bittersweet chocolate ganache torte. Note that the wine cellar is extensive; the lounge area beckons for chatting with friends while sipping martinis; and if you linger you will hear live jazz. The restaurant also presents an assortment of menus to suit various hours of the day and settings, from outdoors for alfresco meals to a pre-theater setup. If you prefer to hang out at the bar instead of sitting in the dining room, there's a special menu for nibbling, and you can almost envision Grace Kelly and Cary Grant dining in the corner while listening to the piano. Instead, chances are you’ll spot a power player down from the Hill for a splash of elegance.