When I first read about The Clocktower, I was admittedly intrigued by it's location within Ian Schrager's Edition Hotel which just happens to be in the iconic Met Life Tower building. Michelin-starred chef and restaurateur Jason Atherton is behind the menu of seasonal contemporary British style cuisine in the stately David Rockwell designed space which is apparently a close replication of Berners Tavern, a popular establishment inside London's Edition Hotel. You have to go through the lobby of the hotel and up a spiral staircase to access the restaurant which has a decidedly traditional and clubby sensibility both in decor and atmosphere. The walls of the dining rooms as well as the bar and billiards room are all lined with classic framed photographs of various creative luminaries which create quite a point of visual interest while you're dining or waiting for your table.
This was one of our Summer Restaurant Week picks because a selection of their regular menu was on offer for the event. That's my biggest RW tip btw. Check out the menu and make sure the restaurant's usual specialties are included. We started off with the liver parfait with port, celery and pine nuts and fluke which I had settled on after finding out the the stone fruit salad wasn't available. We went with the fish and chips and dry aged burger for our mains. The burger was exceptional. It was dressed with Churchill sauce, a mayonnaise ketchup blend that was a flavorful complement to all the components. The fish had good taste and crunchiness but it was a tad overcooked which was a little disappointing. The mushy peas and chips were enjoyable though. We ended our meal with cherry cheesecake and compote with cocoa whipped cream and chocolate sponge cake and a coconut panna cotta with shredded mango, lime gel and piña colada sorbet which I can't really recall what we thought of. I'm really not kidding when I say that dessert has never been a priority for me. The service was very cordial and attentive. In particular, I really appreciated when a member of the staff took note of how I was shivering under the air conditioning and offered to turn it off above our table. This was a pleasant enough dining experience though it didn't exactly make much of an impression.
The New York EDITION
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