Review: The Lambs Club
Plenty of us work in Midtown and until now have been hard-pressed to find a place to have a well-crafted cocktail in a classy space and even order some food if desired.
That’s where the Lambs Club comes in. Located in the Chatwal hotel on 44th street between 6th and 7th and named for America’s first professional theatrical club that occupied the Stanford White designed building, The Lambs Club is both a restaurant (main floor) and a bar (located upstairs.) It is the perfect place to go pre/post theater, for a date, or an after work drink. The bar is a beautiful space designed in the Art Deco style (think Mad Men) with red leather banquets, chrome light fixtures and sleek black lacquer wood. The bar itself seats about 10 and there are banquets and tables in the spacious room that seat 2-6 people.
On a recent Friday night the space was not overly crowded and the music was played at a level that made conversation pleasant. The crowd is fairly mature, relaxed, and well dressed. The cocktail menu, designed by the father of the craft cocktail renaissance Sasha Petraske (Milk & Honey, White Star, Dutch Kills), has new twists on classic cocktails such as the Lambs Cup, a take on the Pimms Cup using Gin, Vermouth, and St. Germain. The Strawberry Gimlet is another fine concoction that adds fresh strawberries to the classic Gin and lime cocktail.
The menu also has standard cocktails such as the Old Fashioned (my choice of drink) as well as an extensive list of spirits and wines by the glass. My Old Fashioned arrived in a really nice, rather large, rocks glass, with a single large chunk of hand cut ice (so that it chills the drink without too much dilution). The drink, as expected, was perfectly prepared. Cocktails run $16-$18 and wines by the glass $12-$16 for most selections. There is also a food menu available that has light snacks such as warm roasted nuts, a cheese plate, and chilled melon and Serrano ham as well as more substantial selections like a sirloin burger, heritage pork ravioli, and grilled octopus.
The menu is an extension of the one served in the full restaurant downstairs and both are designed by Chef Geoffrey Zakarian who owns The Lambs Club and The National and has worked at restaurants such as Le Cirque and ‘21’. Enamored with The Lambs Club, I stopped back a week later on a Wednesday night and was turned away because a Fashion Week party was in full swing. In addition to a line of male and female models outside, I saw Harvey Weinstein and the fashion police herself, Kelly Osbourne. So if you are looking for a classy place for your next date, rest assured this is the place to go.
Good For: Dates, After work drinks
Dress: Business Casual
132 West 44th Street (btwn 6th Ave and Broadway) New York, NY 10036 212.997.5262