Lately, it has been unusual to find a restaurant that excites me.
I want to be delighted with the whole experience from the décor, to the food and drink, and to the company, since it is precious and few occasions that I have an adult evening out.
Somehow, the stars aligned and I found myself at the Lexington Club (formerly Arlington Club); a two-level classic steakhouse located at 1032 Lexington Avenue between 73rd and 74th Streets in the Upper East Side of New York City. This space was formerly the home of the Lenox Hill Republican Club in the 1920s, and an ice-skating rink called ‘Ice Studio’ from the 1970s to 90s.
Uptown dining can be difficult to get excited about it. The Upper East and Upper West Sides of Manhattan have some wonderful neighborhood places; and while the food is usually good, if you live on the Upper West you do not travel to the Upper East for a “neighborhood spot” and vice versa.
I can assure you, regardless of where you are in New York City or the Tri-State Area, The Lexington Club is worth visiting.
The Lexington Club
This welcome addition to the neighborhood was “born” on November 22, 2017. Online search brings up references to the former ‘Arlington Club Steakhouse’ but that website (arlingtonclubny.com) is now hidden behind a firewall and no website for ‘Lexington Club NYC’ is found. I’m sure something will emerge on the ‘great big InterWeb’ soon.
I found myself at this restaurant by chance on a Saturday early evening at the suggestion of my husband. While we were enjoying the most amazing Raw Bar that I have ever experienced as part of Happy Hour, Jamie Selkirk, Managing Partner and General Manager, introduced himself. As soon as he revealed that he resides on Long Island, very near to where I was raised, we instantly became friends. Jamie was kind enough to give me the grand tour. All I can say, is “WOW.” Hands down my best experience so far in 2018 and one that I will certainly be returning to.
Why is it worth the visit? Let’s get straight to business…
On this particularly chilly, overcast end-of-January late afternoon, the atmosphere felt cozy and welcoming. Dark hard wood floors, dim lighting and brown leather chairs remind me of a Grand Library. High ceilings adorned with wood and light fixtures and a wine cellar that lines the dining room makes you feel like you are a guest in a prestigious home and not a patron at a restaurant. We sat at the bar area in the front.
On my tour, I was taken through the most immaculate kitchen that I have ever walked through. Nothing makes me smile more than organized, clean locations. The pride that is taken in keeping the food well maintained was nothing short of impeccable. That, to me, was the cherry on top of a very delightful presentation.
The Raw Bar was the best thing to happen to me on a cold January day. The half dozen Oysters were so delicious that we placed 4 orders. Yes, that’s 24 Oysters. The Shrimp was the freshest that I have ever tasted. I believe we had 8 pieces.
The Grilled Octopus in a roasted pepper vinaigrette was tangy, and the Tuna Tartare with Avocado in a Gingered Soy Citrus was a wonderful and refreshing treat.
We shared the Pan Roasted Branzino in a citrus salad.
The irony here is that Lexington Club is a steakhouse, but we did not try the steak. I have learned that if a steakhouse can do seafood properly the steak is usually amazing. I look forward to hearing from my steak eating friends about it!
The wine was lovely. I stuck with a Pinot Grigio while my Husband enjoyed a Cabernet Sauvignon and then switched to bottled beer. The assortment of Wines, Beers, Spirits and Dessert Cocktails is plentiful. Although for me, the food and atmosphere are what makes this a “must” addition to my restaurant rotation.
Go! Easily accessible from Midtown and across town, this is a spot worthy of celebrating an occasion or popping in for a night out of delicious dining.
Should you choose to keep your festivities going, the Lexington Bar and Books, an upscale cigar lounge, is steps away…..
Angela Ranieri joins us as Contributing Editor with an extensive background in Fashion, Beauty and Digital Media. She has worked with PRADA USA Corp., Jurlique, Amore Pacific and the New York Daily News in management capacities including Marketing, Client Relations, Employee Relations and Training Management. She has authored and published the column, “Ask Angela,” featured on the Amore Pacific USA website. Her beauty advice has been featured in Shape and Fitness Magazines and CBS News.
She is a graduate of Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications and Writing. Angela also has an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from Northeastern University. While at Northeastern, her Market Research on the Electric Car was published for University use.
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In her spare time you can find Angela running, spinning, practicing yoga or getting beautified. She resides on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with her Husband, Son, and Chihuahuas.