Swifty's

1007 Lexington Ave

Swifty’s, the intimate restaurant located on Lexington Avenue at 72nd Street, opened in the fall of 1999. It was created by Robert Caravaggi (host/proprietor) and Stephen Attoe (chef/proprietor), the two most popular alumae of the late Glenn Bernbaum... more

Swifty’s, the intimate restaurant located on Lexington Avenue at 72nd Street, opened in the fall of 1999. It was created by Robert Caravaggi (host/proprietor) and Stephen Attoe (chef/proprietor), the two most popular alumae of the late Glenn Bernbaum’s Mortimer’s, the famed upper East side watering hole. As an homage to Mortimer’s, the partners named the new restaurant after Bernbaum’s dog Swifty, who had been named after the famed Hollywood deal maker Irving (Swifty) Lazar. Swifty’s is more than a place to dine. It’s a way of life—a style of eating, a place for socializing, an approach to entertaining and in many cases a way of dressing. The two rooms were designed by Mario Buatta and Anne Eisenhower. They combine the elegance of New York society with the clubby atmosphere of a favorite haunt. Wally Findlay Galleries provides the original paintings by notable artists that are featured on the walls. And the food? Well, Swifty’s is a magnet for those who appreciate beautifully presented, tasty, home-style cooking. The reasonably priced menu combines American and European techniques, featuring seasonal specialties and traditional signature dishes. In its clubby atmosphere, p... more

Swifty’s, the intimate restaurant located on Lexington Avenue at 72nd Street, opened in the fall of 1999. It was created by Robert Caravaggi (host/proprietor) and Stephen Attoe (chef/proprietor), the two most popular alumae of the late Glenn Bernbaum’s Mortimer’s, the famed upper East side watering hole.

As an homage to Mortimer’s, the partners named the new restaurant after Bernbaum’s dog Swifty, who had been named after the famed Hollywood deal maker Irving (Swifty) Lazar.

Swifty’s is more than a place to dine. It’s a way of life—a style of eating, a place for socializing, an approach to entertaining and in many cases a way of dressing. The two rooms were designed by Mario Buatta and Anne Eisenhower. They combine the elegance of New York society with the clubby atmosphere of a favorite haunt. Wally Findlay Galleries provides the original paintings by notable artists that are featured on the walls.

And the food? Well, Swifty’s is a magnet for those who appreciate beautifully presented, tasty, home-style cooking. The reasonably priced menu combines American and European techniques, featuring seasonal specialties and traditional signature dishes. In its clubby atmosphere, patrons enjoy dining among friends or those they recognize, knowing that the food will always please. As the headline in Glenn Collins feature in The New York Times proclaimed, “New hope for the rich and hungry.”

Gael Greene, “New York” magazine food critic, wrote, “It’s so terrific. And the food is yummy.” She went on to say, “Because Caravaggi is such a warm, charming host, no one can tell which is The Room and which is the Frozen steppes of Siberia.”

In her column, Liz Smith wrote, “this little hot spot is where the elite meet to eat. How they pull it off, such good food and class in such a cramped atmosphere is a miracle. But Swifty’s works, even if it does only have seating for about 60 people.”

Charles Michner in the New Yorker noted, “The worst thing (Swifty) Lazar could say about someone was ‘He’s got no class,’ and Swifty’s positively reeks of it with old money coziness.” He went on to say about the food, “It’s all so well prepared.”

Chef Stephen Attoe says, “we prepare the food people like, meals that Robert and I want to eat, and we hone them as we go along.”


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Upper East Side Description

Swifty's is located in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan. How best to describe one of the most famous neighborhoods in the United States? Aside from the extreme concentration of the rich and the famous, their opulent dwellings, and the army of doormen, butlers and chauffeurs who serve them, the Upper East Side is also a showcase for some of America’s finest cultural establishments.

Walk along Fifth Avenue’s Museum Mile which features a veritable plethora of artistic and cultural institutions. For some of the best contemporary art collections, visit the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum and the recently renovated cylindrical wonder that is the Guggenheim. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Guggenheim has always prided itself on being home to innovative and at times controversial works of art since its inception in 1959. There’s also the Jewish Museum, one of the world's largest and most important institutions devoted to exploring the remarkable scope and diversity of Jewish culture.

Of course, no visit to Museum Mile would be complete without to the city’s crown jewel, the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Many special exhibits complement the permanent displays at the Met, yet the collection is so vast that the huge storage areas under Central Park are bursting with pictures, sculptures and other objects d’art. From rare, ancient Egyptian relics to medieval coats of armor to a costume gallery that spans seven centuries it’s almost impossible to see everything in one visit, so multiple trips may be necessary. In addition, visit the nearby Whitney Museum of American Art and see thousands of works of art including collections by seminal artists such as Edward Hopper, Alexander Calder and Reginald Marsh. The Asia Society Museum, and Frick Collection are also nearby.

The official residence of New York City’s mayor, Gracie Mansion, is at the northern end of Carl Schurz Park on 89th Street. The main floor of the mansion is open to the public and is a showcase for art and antiques created by New York designers, cabinetmakers, painters and sculptors. Tours must be reserved in advance however.

From glamorous Fifth and Park Avenues to the fashionable townhouses in the East Sixties, Seventies and Eighties, there are too many noteworthy addresses to list, but a veritable Who’s Who of American society can be found here and if you’re lucky, you might even get a glimpse of it. For your best bet, try dinner at Elaine’s. While the food is essentially secondary to the patronage, it remains a great spot for celeb-spotting. Named after its famed, cantankerous owner who can still be spotted their nearly every night attending to customers, the casual bistro is a frequented by a high celebrity clientele and counts Woody Allen, Michael Caine and Jackie Onassis among its devotees. Good luck getting a reservation. If it's fresh seafood you're craving try Atlantic Grill. Sample the daily selection of oysters and clams on the half shell from the raw bar. Or try their unique take on sushi and sashimi. Restaurant Daniel is another great dining option renowned for its award-winning French cuisine and elegant atmosphere.

The Upper East Side is also home to some of the most luxurious hotels in New York. There's the classic Carlyle, which has been called home by leaders in world affairs, business, society, entertainment and the arts since its debut in 1930. The Carlyle remains a landmark of elegance and refined taste. Other prestigious hotels in the area include The Mark, which has been cited as one of the top 100 U.S. and Canada hotels in a Travel + Leisure's readers' poll and the sophisticated Lowell. A bit further south at the southeastern corner of Central Park, of course there's the most legendary hotel of them all, The Plaza, which set the standard for luxury when it opened over a century ago. The tradition continues following a recently completed $400 million, two-year renovation. The passion and uncompromising service, which made the hotel a legend, has returned with a new and contemporary spirit.

Info

1007 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10021
(212) 535-6000
Website

Editorial Rating

Category

American (Traditional)

Price

$$$$$

Ambience

Casual

Payment

All Major

This Week's Hours

LUNCH
Mon-Fri: 12:00pm-3:30pm
Sat-Sun: 12:00pm-4:00pm

DINNER
Daily: 5:30pm-11:15pm

Nearby Subway

  • to 77th St
  • to 68th St/Hunter College -- 0.3

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