REVIEW

Casa Lever

Gordon Bunshaft's 1951 Lever House has become an architectural landmark renowned for its sophisticated modern design.  Casa Lever, which is housed on the ground floor, is a perfect complement to the character of the building.  As you enter and pass the coat check, and before you traverse through the spaceship-like corridor down the ramp into the main dining area, there is an amazing vista in which you hover over the lively bar and can take in the full sweep of room, with its sloping walls, enclosed honeycomb wood booths, Venini glass chandeliers and giant Warhol prints along the wall.  The restaurant has a vaguely European air, but is all thoroughly New York. 

The northern Italian menu focuses on Milanese classics, and is decent if not on the level of similarly luxe Italian locations like Marea, Ai Fiori and The Leopard at des Artistes.  In keeping with the design, the room is an utter beehive of dapper Italian waiters zipping to and fro and animated financiers gesticulating wildly at neighboring tables.  This is all the work of Gherado Guarducci and Dimitri Pauli, the team behind the fashionable Sant-Ambroeus restaurants.  The wine list is superb, and the sommeliers expert.  Seasonally, there is also a wonderful outdoor bar and lounge in the public courtyard that wraps around the lobby of Lever House. 

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Midtown East
390 Park Ave
(212) 888-2700
Mon-Fri, 7am-11pm; Sat, 11am-11pm
    Mario Danieli, Chef
    Vittorio Peluso , Sommelier
    William Georgis, Designer

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