As soon as I heard there was a Restoration Hardware restaurant opening in New York, following in the footsteps of Chicago and Los Angeles, I just HAD to go. I asked fellow New York Bitch Shruti to join me.
This place just oozes exclusivity; nestled in the chic Meatpacking District, brushing shoulders with Soho House and the Gansevoort. To get to the restaurant itself you have to make your way through the store lobby to a glass elevator. On your ascent you’ll see three more floors of their trademark beautiful home furniture displays, flashing by like a dreamscape.
When you reach the rooftop, where the restaurant is, the elevator doors will open to a bright and fresh open space. The first thing you’ll see is a giant chandelier followed by many, many more dotted around the restaurant. The very kind of over-the-top I could get used to.
The host staff are especially friendly and welcoming and were able to get us a table immediately. The restaurant itself opens at 10 a.m. and they do not take bookings, so make sure you get in early or have time to spare. Although, having an hour or so to kill at RH wouldn’t be hard. You can wander the different floor and room exhibits, playing house—A brunch n’ browse of sorts
When it does come time to sit at a table, the open atmosphere and comfy seating make one feel at home, instantly. Tables don’t seem cramped close to each other, like at some places who just try to get as many people seated as they can. While it may be busy, it’s not too loud and boisterous nor overwhelming. The water fountains that protrude from the seating banquets help with that.
Early on we learned that they do not offer liquor, which ruled Bloody Marys out. We opted for Bellinis and Prosecco.
We started things out with a chocolate croissant to share while waiting for our meals. It came out pretty standard, no bells and whistles. Shruti also ordered a coffee, which she said was good. Of course, sugar was provided in polished silverware. No expense spared in that department.
For our entrees. I ordered the RH scramble and Shruti ordered their version of avocado toast. One thing we did notice while reading over the menu is the lack of sweet items, only a yogurt and granola. Sweet-tooths beware!
The RH scramble or “soft scramble,” as our waiter affirmed, was tasty and a fairly generous portion. The eggs were fluffy and in fact soft but not overly so. The avocado was fresh and nicely seasoned, and the Texas toast was good, not overdone or burnt (my pet peeve). The dish was topped off with a sprinkle of chives.
Shruti’s avocado toast came out on a wooden board with the toast stacked and the poached egg nestled atop some cherry tomatoes in some fancy silverware. While eating she mentioned it had a bit of a spicy kick to it. She said it was good but nothing standout.
After our meals we ventured out onto their wine terrace (note: no food allowed). This really is something special. It has striking views of the One World Trade Center nearby. If you peer over the edge you can see yellow taxis and pedestrians wandering along the cobbled streets of the Meatpacking District and the West Village. At first I thought that was the extent of the terrace until we, ourselves, wandered some more only to find that the terrace is huge! It wraps around to expose a whole other side facing north towards Apple, Google and the Gansevoort Market. There’s an abundance of outdoor seating for you to lounge on and enjoy the sun on a beautiful day.
The Bitches say: Three flutes. This place could really be a solid four or even five if they improved on a few obvious things. Better service (staff were somewhat inattentive), more sweet dishes, more vegetarian and vegan options, and adding the license to serve liquor in order to provide typical brunch cocktails. In saying all this, it was still an extremely pleasant experience and I am sure I will be back at some point.
Restoration Hardware Cafe serves brunch Monday to Friday from 12 p.m.-5 p.m.,
Saturdays from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., and Sundays 11 a.m.-5 p.m.