Gerber Group Tries Out Something New At The Westin
Though the Westin New York Grand Central officially opened (in what was formerly the New York Helmsley) back in October, it took a little longer for the accompanying restaurant to launch, but it's finally here, and we're happy to report it's every bit as charming as the press release would have you believe.
The LCL Kitchen & Bar, as it's known, is a cafe, restaurant, and wine bar all rolled into one, serving boldface comestibles like Stumptown Coffee, Organic Avenue, Balthazar Bakery—all of which are guaranteed to lure a notoriously picky New York foodie crowd. And considering The LCL is open from 6am-2am during the week (6am-4am on weekends), it casts a wide net. Whether you're staying at the hotel or not, it's the kind of place you can go for a quiet breakfast, a business lunch, dinner with friends, a post-work cocktail, or a mid-afternoon cookie break.
In fact, we happened to try their chocolate chip cookies (served warm out of the oven and slightly gooey) recently, and, uh, yeah...two thumbs all the way up.
The restaurant itself is divided into two sections when you walk in: to the left, a large area with low, intimate tables, booths and chairs, and to the right, a more open area facing the bar with high-top tables, and a counter that wraps around the windows facing 42nd St. We opted for a seat at the window, partly because of the view, but also because every window-facing seat comes with an electrical outlet built under the counter, (yay! digital nomads) so we plugged in and just started typing away. And yes, the WiFi is free.
There is a definite focus on locally-sourced, seasonal food and drink, with "super juice cocktails" made from Organic Avenue cold-pressed juices and small-batch spirits. The Green Dream, for example, is made from apple juice, lemon juice, and organic cucumber vodka. But if it's just coffee and a cookie you're after, then you can find that too. And, judging from our cookie experience, we'd recommend it.
[Photo: Gerber Group]