Michelin star rated Ai Fiori provided an exquisite dining experience for my recent birthday meal.
Like most restaurants with similar pedigree, the food isn’t the only highlight of the emprise, the service takes on an equivalent role.
Through the sliding doors of the Langham Hotel (and up the spiral staircase or elevator if you please) is where Ai Fiori is located. The restaurant provides a well-appointed bar area with a marble counter before you reach the dining room. The lighting is actually great for taking photos of food, which as anyone can tell you is usually not the case with restaurants. The crowd was an ecclectic mix of professionals clearly liberally extending happy hour.
AI FIORI IN THE LANGHAM PLACE HOTEL
400 5th Ave #2
New York, NY 10018
WHAT WAS CONSUMED
The Prix Fixe menu consisted of:
Zuppa di Mais: Chilled Corn Soup, Pickled Red Onion Shrimp, Charred Sweet Corn
Polipo: Octopus Alla Piastra, Seppia (Cuttlefish Ink), Tomato Ragù Toasted Bread, Basil
Spaghetti: Blue Crab, Lemon, Bottarga(Cured Fish Roe), Chilies
Capesante: Pan-Seard Sea Scallops, Artichoke Zucchini, Olives
Agnello: Rack of Lamb en Crépinette, Barley Sunflower Seed Pesto, Long Beans
Cioccolato: Chocolate Mousse, Hazelnut Praline
The entire staff was immediately attentive to our needs, and I never needed to track down a server to pour more wine or water. Each course came swiftly with an explanation that wasn’t too lengthy. Overall, a great experience.