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Midtown's East Side Social Club, Opening Tonight

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[Kreiger, 11/22/09]

Finally Midtowners, a sleek sexy spot for the Monkey Bar rejects. Say a friendly Eater hello to East Side Social Club, the new bar/restaurant/late night spot in the old Montparnasse space at the Pod Hotel from Macao and Employees Only owner Billy Gilroy, his brother Jim, son Devon (chef), daughter Grace (GM), and photographer Patrick McMullan (investor). It's big, it's beautiful, it's sexy, and if press releases are to be believed, it's even sultry. Basically, it fits right into Gilroy's portfolio of good looking sceney spaces. But will the food stand up this time?

Sure there is nepotism at work here, but Gilroy the chef seems to have earned his spot by cooking at both Chanterelle and A Voce. He'll be putting out a Italian American menu with crudo and raw bar specials, homemade pastas, and Berkshire pork chops. Of course, cocktails will get special attention.

The 113 seat space is divided into a bar, a main dining room, and a semi-private room on a raised platform. Dinner starts tonight, late night next Monday, and lunch and breakfast next month. Find more info here and see the menu below.

East and West Coast Oysters
$18/36
Little Neck Clams
$15/30

Cured Meats
Choice of three $12
PROSCIUTTO DE PARMA
PANCETTA
CULATELLO
SOPRESSATA
LARDO
COPPA

Cold Appetizers
BUFFALO RICOTTA -----------------------------$10
Sourdough bread
ESCAROLE CAESAR SALAD ------------------ $9
Anchovy, parmigiano vinaigrette
STUFFED EGGPLANT ---------------------------- $12
Pecorino, red pepper, balsamic
BEET SALAD ----------------------------------------- $12
Taleggio, pistachio, citrus vinaigrette
MARINATED OLIVES ------------------------------ $7
MIXED GREEN SALAD ---------------------------- $9
Balsamic vinaigrette

Hot Appetizers
PORCINI----------------------------------------------- $12
Arugula, fontina, hazelnuts
ROASTED ACORN SQUASH ------------------ $11
Sheep’s milk ricotta, brown butter, sage
ROASTED OCTOPUS --------------------------- $18
Chickpeas, tomato, wilted greens
CRISP SWEETBREADS ------------------------- $14
Baby fennel, orange, leek, capers
SEA URCHIN ARANCINI ----------------------- $12

Pastas
LINGUINI CLAM SAUCE---------------------------------------------$19
Fresh linguini, Manila clams, calabrian chilies
GARGANELLI AI FRUTTI DI MARE -------------------------------------------$22
Baby octopus, squid, crab, uni, San Marzano tomatoes
MUSHROOM RAVIOLI --------------------------------------------------- $19
Fresh mushroom ravioli, Black trumpets, arugula, mushroom, veal jus
SPAGHETTI ---------------------------------------------------- $17
Cured San Marzano tomatoes, herbs
RICOTTA GNOCCHI ------------------------------------------- $17
House made gnocchi with Bolognese ragú

Entrees
GRILLED 30 OUNCE PORTERHOUSE -------------------------------------$78
Choice of two sides
GRILLED CHICKEN ------------------------------------------------ $24
Kale, pancetta and garlic stuffed leg, cannellini, garlic jus
BERKSHIRE PORK CHOP ------------------------------------ $28
Chanterelle mushrooms chestnuts and farro
BRANZINO ALLA PLANCHA -------------------------------$25
Cerignola olives, olive oil confit yukon gold potatoes
ROASTED COD ----------------------------------------------- $26
Culatello, brussel sprouts and trumpet royale mushrooms
GRILLED SWORDFISH ----------------------------------- $26
Cherry tomatoes, tagiasche olives, capers, golden raisins
CREEKSTONE FARM SIRLOIN ----------------------------- $38
Dry aged beef, braised radicchio, cipollini, vin cotto

Sides
CRISP FINGERLINGS ----------------------------- $8
Parmigiano, parsley
WHITE POLENTA --------------------------------- $8
Castelrosso, walnuts
HARICOT VERT ------------------------------------- $8
Roasted garlic, olive oil

Cheese
TALEGGIO--------------------------------------------- $4
PODDA CLASSICO ------------------------------- $4
LA TUR ------------------------------------------------- $4
CASTELROSSO ------------------------------------- $4
MOUNTAIN GORGONZOLA ----------------- $4

East Side Social Club

230 East 51st St., New York, NY

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