Golden Drinking & Dining in Midtown at GILT

The attraction and beauty of New York City can also be at times what intimidates people. There is always so much going on and so much to do, and if you’re not sure where to go, you can end up wasting time, money, and energy trying to figure it all out.

The exquisite bar at the golden-themed GILT in New York City.

Well, if you’re around midtown and looking for a fine place to eat, drink and socialize, then be sure to stop at GILT for a quick libation or an lovely evening out with your other half or a bunch of friends.

With an extraordinary wine list that features great vintages of the world and an innovative New American menu, GILT offers the finest in dining fare. It is a perfect spot to go to with friends or colleague when you are ready to splurge and be taken care of across and evening and into the late night.

GILT’s intimate 52-seat dining room offers three-course and five-course prix fixe menus, in addition to a grand seven-course tasting menu, which I have been fortunate enough to enjoy on several occasions (be sure not to snack before taking upon that course, naturally). Still, if you’re just in for a quick visit, the bar at GILT provides a vibrant atmosphere for which to enjoy a signature cocktail or lighter fare from its eclectic lounge menu.

As the name would suggest, the restaurant is lavishly adorned.  They believe that the Gilded Age of the late nineteenth century aligns with the golden age of today, and this is evident the moment you step into GILT. Located in a renowned landmark structure from the late 1880s, GILT boldly complements the gilded walls and cathedral ceilings of that bygone era with a subtle yet revolutionary design concept by one of France’s greatest new interior talents, Patrick Jouin.

The combined experience of GILT’s cuisine, decor and exceptional service is truly unparalleled and should not be missed. And just as GILT’s design combines the opulent past with the best of what’s to come, so too does the cuisine, one that is immersed with a sense of history. Chef Bogle and his team manage to sketch within the parameter of the classics, to stretch familiarity with just enough comfort to create completely new ideas within recognizable boundaries.

I’ve learned that there are really no wrong choices when you go to GILT; simply sit down and let them take you away to another time and place, embracing the fine food, pairing it with some fine wine, and as the excellent service helps you escape the hustle and bustle of city life.

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