We were told that Beacon is largely a business-lunch restaurant, and is fairly quiet in the evening, which we found to be the case. But somehow it still managed to create a lively and sophisticated atmosphere. The food was outstanding and interesting without being fussy, the wine expertly recommended, the cocktails well made.
The staff are entertaining and knowledgeable -- we enjoyed some lively conversations about the food: for example, the "shishito peppers" featured on the menu. As it turned out, they're what we knew as pimientos del padron, but apparently they're now being imported from Japan. Who knew? (And they were delicious.) The lamb was sensational; they buy it direct from the producer and the flavour was incredible.
Beacon was the only restaurant we returned to twice during our week in Manhattan. If you're really interested in excellent dining without spin or silliness, you'll enjoy Beacon.
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