Chef Kerry Heffernan’s (Eleven Madison Park, Mondrian) much-anticipated South Gate is readying for its mid-February debut. Perhaps the flashiest thing to happen to Central Park South, the mirror-decked front bar with exposed glass bar shelves overlooks the park. Formerly Cafe Botanica, South Gate will be a swanky showcase for Heffernan’s American fusion cuisine. A sneak peek at the menu reveals fanciful appetizers, featuring seared foie gras with pears, muscat
and pear wafers as well as fatty albacore with eucalyptus, lemon zest and crisp garlic. As for entrees, they’ll include a roasted rack of monkfish with warm romano bean salad, and chianti vinaigrette and pork with cider, star anise, yellow leeks and kohlrabi bacon puree. With the recent opening of Bar Boulud and Dovetail, dining uptown is getting more exciting by the minute.
Address: 154 Central Park South btwn. 6th & 7th Ave.
Opens: February 8th (Friday)