City Pulse

By Ashley Goldsmith

The year 1959 is home to the debut of Barbie, the admittance of Hawaii as the 50th state and the birth of The Four Seasons. While all three continue to thrive in their fifties, this month, the legendary restaurant on E. 52nd Street will be offering up a $59 three-course menu in celebration of the 50 years they’ve spent filling the hearts and hunger of New Yorkers.

Appetizers range from Maine lobster and black truffle risotto to winter farmhouse pate, main courses include Four Seasons osso bucco and potato-crusted salmon and sweet tooth’s can indulge in anything from Grand Marnier soufflé to apple tart tatin.

An evening in the Four Seasons restaurant isn’t just a night of good food in a slice of New York’s history but also an evening of incredible art. Since it’s opening the restaurant has exhibited pieces from artists such as Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollack and Frank Stella.

On the restaurants website you can also view a “Page From History,” the August 1959 New York Times review by Craig Claiborne who terms the restaurant “both spectacular in décor and menu.” So take a trip to the Four Seasons and celebrate 50 fabulous years, I’m sure I can’t be alone in hoping to look this good when I’m fifty…

For a look at the full menu log on to

The Four Seasons
99 E. 52nd St. (btwn. Park & Lexington Aves.)

Originally published January 2009
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