Upper East Side
New York City , New York
Concierge.com's insider take:
Downtown design firm AvroKO transformed the once stuffy Park Avenue Cafe into one of the city's most dynamic high-concept restaurants. Every three months, the dining room undergoes a head-to-toe seasonal metamorphosis, swapping out everything from the cushions to the wall panels to the hanging decor. During the restaurant's blond-wood beach-shack summer quarter, chef Craig Koketsu's intensely seasonal menu focuses on greenmarket staples like sweet corn and summer peaches (with plump seared scallops). Come copper-toned Autumn, look for wild mushrooms (with an enormous veal chop) and Hudson Valley quail bought directly from the hunter who shot them. Pastry chef Richard Leach, a star in his own right, produces some of the city's most homey high-end desserts, summer's banana parfait with peanuts and mango giving way come fall to a confit'd bartlett pear with brown-butter cake.
Open Mondays through Thursdays 11:30 am to 3 pm and 5:30 to 10 pm, Fridays 11:30 am to 3 pm and 5:30 to 11 pm, Saturdays 11 am to 3 pm and 5:30 to 11 pm, and Sundays 11 am to 3 pm and 5 to 9 pm.