New American cooking is in and Russian opulence is out at Betony in Midtown, the three-week-old reset of the grand, gaudy, and short-lived Brasserie Pushkin. The restaurant's owner brought in a chef and manager who worked at Eleven Madison Park, and they've introduced a menu of bright, nuanced, seasonal dishes. Chowhound kosmose7 was won over by cured snapper with basil and pickled onions (pictured); shellfish ragoût with a refreshing nettle sauce; and the Tuna Melt—tuna with fontina on rounds of brioche. Other current offerings include fried pickles with ramps and Aleppo yogurt; asparagus pappardelle with summer truffle; and lobster with peas and Easter egg radish. Although kosmose7 loved Pushkin's fancy French sweets, he's moved on: "Betony's good food more than offset my regret over the loss of the lovely pastries."
41 W. 57th Street (between Fifth and Sixth avenues), Manhattan
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