The iconic dining room with a pool right in the middle of it reopened to the public last night at The Pool, the super fancy seafood restaurant from chef Rich Torrisi in the former Four Seasons space in the Seagram Building.
It wasn’t the celebrity jam-packed extravaganza of the first night of The Grill; instead, the room never seemed totally full, as if the seatings had been staggered. A handful of industry folks like restaurateur Drew Nieporent and Food Baby Instagrammer Mike Chau were there, and Times critic Pete Wells was allegedly, for some reason, getting a tour of the space.
A few items on the menu are already looking like they will be stand-out orders. The dining room (and Instagram) was flush with orders of a $32 foie gras dish where ribbons of the stuff are arranged to look like a tiny coral reef or flower. A $95 Alaskan king crab special where a hunk sits in coconut milk was also popping up on many tables. According to Torrisi, it’s made with fresh coconut milk that’s steeped overnight with lemongrass and lime leaves.
The Pool is also, as promised, expensive. Don’t be surprised to spend close to $200 per person before drinks, especially if that crab special is part of the order.
See more from the first night below.