Friday night is date night and this place is most definitely date-worthy. This past Friday I was treated to a very lovely dinner at the very trendy speak-easy restaurant, The Lion. The space, once a gentleman's club now-turned-restaurant, is beautiful. The walls are covered with an eclectic mix of art from photography to pieces of Warhol and Basquiat. You feel special, powerful, and quite celebratory as you sit above this magnificent room looking down at the art and the hustle of the staff and crowded tables below. The menu, which typographically is quite nice, covers a range of all the usual suspects, salads, meats, and of course a burger. The food is a bit hard to rate. It's good enough to make The Lion worth a visit. But it's not the food that you go there for. That being said it was fine and very well presented. The burger comes accompanied by a lovely little jar of pickles and topped off with a giant (almost grotesque) slab of pork belly. I loved how intense it looked but was also relieved to not have to eat it. I ordered fish, a lovely pink trout. It was fresh, simple and not at all memorable.
The service however was quite exceptional. Our waiter was most attentive and offered a strong opinion with some good suggestions. The lighting was nice and the noise well controlled and we really enjoyed ourselves sipping on wine over great lengthy conversations.
62 W. 9th Street
New York, NY 10011 (nr. 6th Ave)