41 West 57th St., Midtown
Status: Opening Tonight
Tonight, Bryce Shuman and Eamon Rockey will open their new modern American restaurant, Betony, in the space that formerly housed gaudy Russian flop Brasserie Pushkin. Shuman spent six years at Eleven Madison Park, eventually working his way into an executive sous chef position. Rockey spent three years at Eleven Madison Park before opening Atera and Aska. Shuman is running the kitchen, Rockey is the general manager, and Luke Wohlers, formerly of EMP and Seattle's RN74, is the wine director. The restaurant is owned by Russian restaurateur Andrey Dellos, who opened Pushkin in this space about a year ago.
The menu looks a bit like the "grid" menu from Eleven Madison Park, with dishes listed by ingredients. Options include roast chicken with morels, grilled short rib with sweetbreads, trout roe with puffed rice, and foie gras served either "hot or cold." Most entrees are priced between $25 - $27, and everything is offered a la carte. Unlike Brasserie Pushkin, which was a messy jumble of cherub paintings and gold statues, Betony has a more modern, relaxed dining room. It sounds like Rockey and Shuman are going for a casual place with sophisticated food, kind of like what Rockey helped create at Aska.
Betony opens to the public tonight. Check out the menus below, and do send any early reports our way.
Previous Coverage: Switcheroos, 03/28; Somm Shuffles, 03/29; Spring Previewing, 04/29.
Further Reading: New York Times, Grub Street/NYM, TONY.
[Photo: Eamon Rockey and Bryce Shuman by Nathan Rawlinson courtesy of Betony]