SAGA NYC: Crown Shy Team launches new gourmet restaurant with FiDi view
The restaurant is perched 63 floors above the city and has three outdoor terraces.
Photo by Cole Saladino for Thrillist
When James Kent and Jeff Katz opened Crown Shy on the ground floor of a historic skyscraper in March 2019, the project provided a chic space that reimagined what dining could look like near office buildings and buildings. relaxed happy hour bars in the financial district.
Now 63 floors above the duo’s first project, Katz and Kent opened SAGA this week, a place that’s virtually guaranteed to quickly become another must-see foodie destination in the co-owner’s portfolio with a seasonal tasting menu and a breathtaking view of the city.
Kent runs the restaurant’s kitchen, which offers dishes rooted in European techniques with added influence from the chef’s travels and the diverse cuisine that makes up New York’s gastronomic landscape.
The restaurant aims to retain some of the pomp and circumstance that usually comes with fine dining to make the space more accessible while still remaining upscale, much like the duo did with Crown Shy playing hip music. hop into the dining room and dressing the staff in casual uniforms. While it always retains special touches, for example, the ever-changing menu changes so quickly with the seasons, it will be described verbally rather than printed as a paper menu.
Dishes on the opening menu include moat served in five ways, including a citrus mix with honeydew and a moat rib burnt with XO mushroom. The bread dish consists of a flaky focaccia served with crème fraîche and summer herbs. Renata Ameni, who previously worked as an executive pastry chef at Michelin-starred Manresa in Northern California and alongside Kent at Eleven Madison Park, leads the pastry program.
Thanks to the multi-service deal, some dishes are served individually, while others are served to share at the table. The experience costs $ 245 per person and includes eight to ten classes and a welcome cocktail.
Harrison Ginsberg, who runs Crown Shy’s bar, has also traveled upstairs with Kent and Katz and is the beverage manager of Overstory, a cocktail bar located one floor above the restaurant. The menu consists of drinks like Easy Money with vodka, coconut, yuzu and lime leaf; and a more watered and creative offer called Terroir Old Fashioned with tequila, palo santo, a plant native to South America and burnt like incense, and salt; as well as three non-alcoholic cocktails, beer and wine.
The cocktail bar offers a place for an aperitif or an aperitif with a wraparound terrace and room for 60 inside. The bar is currently only open to those who dine at SAGA, but it will open to the public on September 15.
Even in a city with no shortage of rooftop views, SAGA amazes with three terraces perched high above the Financial District, offering views of the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge, and guests can take in the views, whether they are sitting inside or enjoying one of the patio seats. Inside, the dining room seats 56 in a space adorned with plush velvet seating, art deco decor, and marble.
The restaurant is now open for dinner service from 5.30 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday. Reservations are available through Resy.
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