Upstairs at the Kimberly Hotel

by Ada on November 27, 2011

Today the Madre and I went to brunch at Upstairs, a restaurant located in the Kimberly Hotel.

Upon exiting the elevator we were greeted by a swank display of wine bottles. Pretty cool!

I’ve heard great things about the space and was excited to finally visit it.

Inhabiting a penthouse, the restaurant offers gorgeous views and a rectractable roof that allows the sun to shine through.

Upstairs is primarily known for their lounge menu, but they also offer a great brunch. Some of the menu highlights included lobster eggs benedict and truffled duck egg toast with duck prociutto and gruyere cheese.

It was so nice to just stare outside the window and absorb the great views. You could even see the East River! Absolutely breathtaking.

For our entrees we decided to share a lobster roll and the chicken salad.

Lobster rolls are my all-time favorite food, and this was quite a great variation. The roll contained generous hunks of the lobster meat with a lovely touch of tarragon. They also made the genius addition of fried shallot, which elevated the roll to a higher level. So good. The roll was accompanied by addictively tasty chips and a nicely dressed salad.

For our next dish we shared the grilled chicken salad. Though the chicken was on the dry side, the greens were tossed in an extremely tasty vinaigrette. While eating the salad I couldn’t help but notice that the tomatoes tasted extra sweet and delicious. I then realized that each tomato halve had been sprinkled with salt and pepper. Small details like that really make a big difference.

After finishing our meal we explored the space a bit more and discovered a wonderful outdoor area.

The outside lounge even contained a cozy fireplace! How neat!

Now that I recently turned 21, I can definitely see myself coming here with friends on a weekend night. The rarity of outdoor space in NYC makes this restaurant a real gem. With a friendly staff, stunning views, and great food, this would certainly be an ideal brunch destination for tourists and native NYCers alike.

Please note that in accordance with FTC guidelines I must disclose that I was contacted directly by Upstairs and that my meal was provided gratis. Any opinion expressed on my blog, however, is solely my own.

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