Meet Arlington Club, Laurent Tourondel’s instant steakhouse hot spot on the Upper East Side.
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Clubby restaurants are clearly having their moment in New York. There’s Graydon Carter’s new Beatrice Inn, and John DeLucie’s Bill’s (a replacement for Bill’s Gay Nineties). Now it’s Laurent Tourondel’s turn, with the Arlington Club.
Tourondel, best known for shaping the menus at the BLT restaurants, partnered with the nightlife masters at TAO Group. Together they’ve given New Yorkers a fresh take on the steak menu in a newly designed, energetic space, and created an instant hit—it’s already hard to get a reservation.
Opened in mid-November on Lexington near 73rd Street, Arlington Club serves steakhouse dishes with a distinctly Tourondel take: a 28-day dry-aged côte de boeuf for two; papillote of black bass with shiitake and coconut-lime broth. There’s also a creative sushi menu, which makes sense given the chef’s fascination with Japanese cuisine, or try the crispy curried peekytoe crab with mango, avocado, mint, and lemongrass. Even the dessert menu gives classic favorites new spins—warm sticky date pudding with kumquat toffee and ginger ice cream, for example.
And the drinks? How about a Negroni made with Woodford Reserve bourbon, Carpano, Antica, and Campari. It’s just crazy enough (and familiar enough) for an indulgent night on the UES.