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Charlie Palmer's landmark of the New York food scene offers two different dining settings --- a bistro-like lounge and a cozy fine dining parlor.

Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly

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Aureole, New York, NY

Aureole Restaurant Review

: Charlie Palmer has shown a personality of his own forging a New American cuisine and imposing a style that has bred scions throughout the country. From its very beginnings in 1988 in a flower-filled 61st Street brownstone once owned by Orson Welles, Palmer’s Aureole has become a landmark of the New York food scene belonging to the American commonwealth of gastronomy. Today, the relocated Aureole displays its modernity with a glass building under the lights of bustling 42nd Street. Aureole splits its space between the Bar Room, a large bistro-like lounge, and a cozy fine dining parlor in the back with a handful of seats. The latter, which is called the Dining Room, features a three-course prix-fixe menu, five-course tasting menu, and seven-course chef’s menu. Meanwhile, the Bar Room offers a menu with many of the same dishes available à la carte. Start off your meal with a refreshing salad of sweet summer melon with crunchy radish and mint. Sweetness also plays counterpoint in the seared Hudson Valley foie gras on brioche with apricots, vanilla and Marcona almonds. Main courses, such as the lamb loin with charred spring onion, graffiti eggplant and tzatziki, are carefully constructed so that the accompaniments don’t outshine the meat or fish. The grand finale might present an apple and cassis semifreddo with macaron cake, basil tuile and green apple sorbet. Service is polished, and the wine list is biblical in its scope, including a few dozen reasonably priced varieties by the glass.
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