by Lucy Foster                          Address: 35 East 76th Street
21 July 2008                                           New York, NY 10021
                                                             Phone: (212) 744–1600

 

   The Cafe Carlyle is located in the Carlyle Hotel on Madison Avenue. It has become an institution known for legendary crooners such as Sammy Davis Jr., Eartha Kitt, Bobby Short, Barbara Cook, Betty Buckley, Keely Smith, Steve Tyrell, Elaine Stritch and even Woody Allen on most Mondays where he swings with his clarinet with the Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band. This elegant cafe seats about 70 for dinner and 90 for a performance and serves French cuisine. Executive Chef James Sakatos serves a nice variety on the menu from American classics such as the Porter House Steak to the signature dish of the Carlyle, Dover Sole. I would recommend the roasted organic Amish chicken but the steak is also very tasty. There’s plenty of side dishes to choose from as well. For dessert there’s plenty of ice cream choices and a delicious French vanilla cheesecake served with all sorts of fresh berries and fruit. The restaurant is decorated with whimsical musical murals by the Oscar-winning French artist Marcel Vertes. The restaurant is expensive and reservations are recommended. The bar area, which is considered standing room, can be an option if you are attending a cabaret show and will cost you less than a table. This option requires reservations for standing room. The bar is on a first-come first-serve basis. When attending a cabaret show, be sure to check the Cafe Carlyle website if dinner is required for the event, since it varies and sometimes not required. This is the place to go if you want a very up close experience with the performer, since most of the tables are very close to the stage area. The restaurant is an intimate setting in 1930’s style with an extremely polite staff.    
   The Cafe Carlyle is open late Monday thru Saturday from 6:30pm to 12:00am. Formal attire is required. They are closed July thru August. The Hotel bar/restaurant is located between Madison and Park Avenues.