Last week I wrote about The Grill, the new restaurant from the Major Food Group, and what I think is one of NYC's best restaurants. Today we will discuss there little sister next door, The Pool.
The Pool specializes in seafood, in a glorious room next door to The Grill. The space is breathtaking, with ginormous ceilings, a pool in the middle of the room, and a stunning Alexander Calder sculpture hanging above. No expense was spared, this is one of the greatest rooms in NYC, and America.
Dining in this magical space does not come cheap though. In fact, you need to have some extra dough lying around. My meal for two people plus a 20% tip was $350. That's not cheap. If you don't care about money though, you can eat well at The Pool, in fact the food is delicious and great.
The complimentary warm bread basket comes with salmon roe and creme fraiche. Loved it! 6 oysters from Maine ($24) come with a wasabi mignonette, are fresh and delicious. Ribbons of Foie Gras is a stunning work of art. Also tastes great.
You can order 3 crudo for $60 or 5 for $95. I opted for 3, bluefin tuna, kampachi, and Japanese Mackerel. All were fine and dandy, but again, it comes at a price.
Just like the amazing ZZ's Clam Bar, The Pool serves three toasts. The Major Food Group knows who to make toast. The best in town. The toasts I consume at ZZ's always make me cry with joy. At The Pool we went with yellowfin tuna, with harissa and olive. It's excellent, and the toast has a little kick at the end which is just lovely.
Sheep's Milk Ricotta Gnudi comes with a chamomille emulsion and is pure heaven. Pillows of joy.
Monkfish is perfectly cooked, and wonderful.
For dessert, a lemon meringue was light perfection. I loved it.
So if you are a looking for an ultra fine dining seafood experience in Midtown, The Pool is a fine choice. Get those expense accounts ready.
99 East 52nd Street
New York, NY 10022