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New York City Restaurants

The Four Seasons

Updated 02/25/2014

Fodor's Review

The landmark Seagram Building houses one of America's most famous restaurants, truly an only-in–New York experience. Owners Alex Von Bider and Julian Niccolini supervise the seating chart like hawks, placing power players in finance, entertainment, and New York society in prime positions for maximum visibility. The stark Grill Room, birthplace of the power lunch, has one of the best bars in New York (and the $28 two-course bar lunch is a steal). Illuminated trees and

a gurgling Carrara marble pool characterize the more romantic Pool Room. The menu changes seasonally; there's a $75 prix-fixe pretheater dinner—a delicious indulgence. You can't go wrong with classic dishes like Dover sole, filet mignon, or crispy duck, but the restaurant moves with the times, so expect seasonal specials featuring luxe ingredients and preparations.

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Restaurant Information

Address:

99 E. 52nd St., between Park and Lexington Aves., New York, New York, 10022-5905, USA

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Phone:

212-754–9494

Restaurant Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • Closed Sun. No lunch Sat.
  • Reservations essential

Updated 02/25/2014

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Dec 18, 2006

Food Fit For A King!

We just celebrated our future daughter-in-law's birtday at the Four Seasons and words cannot describe how spectacular our dinner was. Everything from the white truffle risotto to the huge lobsters was delectable. And, even though our bill ended up costing almost $2000 for a party of 6, we would go back in a heartbeat. It's a pleasure worth budgeting for!

By Tonya

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Feb 21, 2005

Great pre-theatre dinner

This was our best meal. We did the prix-fixe theatre menu for $49 per person booked via Telecharges website (if you book with the restaurant direct it is $55 per person). I had the crispy duck, which features a tableside final preparation (superb!) and my husband had the filet mignon. The appetizers of Caesar salad and French onion soup were delicious as well. I was indifferent to the Lemon Soufflé and the chocolate velvet desserts (mainly because

I was full). The meal was capped off with petit fours and coffee/tea. My only gripe was we ordered a bottle of Pellegrino and when that ran out they opened another one. I assumed they would have asked us first considering it was $12 a bottle. It was still a cheap meal in the end. We sat in the pool room facing the pool and it was very romantic. The service was nothing to write home about. The total bill did not include our servers tip, but a very subtle (ha) note that service was not included and we were to tip on the total cost (not just the cost of the extras we had since our meal was pre-paid for). Very insulting.

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By Jim

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May 16, 2004

Couldn't have enjoyed it more.

Reserved by phone a week ahead, from NC, and was told they'd confirm with me a day before; as we were dining there on our arrival day, I gave my cell phone. I was mildly surprised 6 days later, when they did indeed call to confirm. We arrived on time for our 8PM rsvn, and were seated within a minute at the best banquette in the Pool Room, which, of course, was full. Don't miss the Bison Carpaccio, which I had as an appetizer, or the Truffled Bison

Filet, which my wife enjoyed. The Grand Marnier Souffles were an angel's kiss. Service was unobtrusive, but there at a glance. Lighting in the room, and the decor, were conducive to the enjoyment of a $300+ meal. A fine experience, which should be part of your NYC trip.

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By Kevin

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May 11, 2004

Experience shows at this place

The food and service was outstanding. Our family of 5 have traveled the world together, and we still talk about the serile setting and gracious wait staff. It was not cheap, but we certainly received what we paid for. I will not travel to NYC again and not visit the Four Seasons.

By John

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Jan 11, 2004

Four Seasons service is POOR Seasons

Not only did we have to wait for our table for over an hour having made reservations nearly one month in advance, but we were treated with more respect from the local cabbies than by the hostess. To top it off, my wife got food poisoning and was sick for half of our weekend stay. I sent a`note to one of the owners and never received a response! I had been going to the Four Seasons for nearly 20 years but will never go again.

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