Celebritydom isn't everything, especially when the Bull and Bear
boasts a celebrated bill of fare created by Chef Eric Kaplan. I'm seated comfortably with
my teenage daughter who is very picky when it comes to her taste buds, and Merry Clark, a
New York food critic.
My thirteen-year-old studies the varied menu and pronounces judgment on the Caesar Salad
Appetizer ($8) and Charbroiled Filet Mignon ($31). Our food critic studies the list as
though it were a midterm. She says the Maryland Crabcakes ($13) are a must, while the
Poached Lobster with Mango, Avocado, Potatoes and Corn ($27) looks like a winner. I settle
for Beef Stew With Bacon ($24), a Traditional House Favorite.
Since every tourist knows the name Waldorf-Astoria, many out-of-towners may not know that
within the confines of the grand hotel is one of New York's best-kept secrets, the Bull
And Bear. A midtown Mecca for New Yorkers, the ambience is decidedly clubby, the menu
affordably priced. But the biggest plus is finding a dining establishment located at a
famous address with remarkable food.
"Great hotels should have great restaurants," decrees Merry Clark, our food
reviewer. And she should know. So should Chef Kaplan who makes the rounds this evening
discussing the entrees with the guests. When he comes to our table and sees an adolescent,
he can't help but ask her opinion. Usually a devout macaroni and cheese fan, she tells him
that the Filet Mignon is "yummy." He smiles at the description, letting us know
that steak is their most popular selection.
"What's for dessert?" she asks. The chef signals the waiter who rhapsodizes
about each "non-caloric" treat. There's melt-in-the-mouth Crème Brule, and now
I ask where I'm going to put the delectable slice of creamy Cheese Cake. Merry Clark
raises her hand. That's when I feel a tap from under the table. It's my thirteen-year-old.
"Hey, Mom, don't forget me!" she cries. I never do.
The Bull and Bear restaurant is located downstairs in the
301 Park Avenue.
For reservations call: 212-872-4900
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