41 West 57th Street
New York, NY
Per Everybody Eats: Two former colleagues from Eleven Madison Park – Bryce Shuman (right), who was an executive sous-chef, and Eamon Rockey (left) , who was a captain and involved in Atera and Aska – have teamed up to create Betony, a modern American restaurant. Chef Shuman was familiar with Everybody Eats’ gluten free offerings from Eleven Madison and is very much aware of the growing celiac/gluten-free concerns as his mother, who lives in the midwest, has celiac herself!
The Midtown spot they have chosen briefly housed Brasserie Pushkin, a two-story space with a soaring front area and windows overlooking West 57th Street. That brasserie, a Russian extravaganza, lasted only about nine months before its owner, Andrey Dellos, pulled the plug and went looking for something different to put there. He had dined at Eleven Madison Park often enough to get to know Mr. Shuman; so Mr. Dellos had him prepare a few tastings, and the project began to take shape. Mr. Shuman asked Mr. Rockey to help him find a general manager, and Mr. Rockey himself signed on.
“Andrey has given us a great deal of liberty to showcase our vision,” Mr. Rockey said. According to Chef Shuman: “The food that I know and love is inspired by the ingredients. I want to present familiar flavors in a really modern way.”
The menu will have a great deal of green, in dishes like an asparagus lasagna with cheese curds, and potato gnocchi with guanciale (an exotic Italian bacon), peas and mint. There will be 85 seats, some in the front bar area and the rest on two levels in the rear. The decor will include bare brick and some of the wonderful, rich Pushkin woodwork.`
Everybody Eats’ Egg Challah, Multi-Grain Loves, and Crusty Baguette will be featured in the cooking, but don’t count on always being able to identify the bread in your dish. Chef Shuman knows a million tricks and techniques to make original gluten free culinary masterpieces out of our raw materials.