Thursday, March 16, 2017
EAT: FIRST LOOK AT CLAY ON MANHATTAN AVENUE
Our main course was a superb roasted black bass over a bed of root vegetable and wild onion puree which was pretty much as perfect as it gets. Fish is really easy to mess up but Clay definitely knows how to serve up this lighter protein option in a fine dining fashion. There was also a lobster bucatini with bottarga that was especially interesting but we had to keep the calorie count on the edited side for the evening. Dessert was a creamy panna cotta with blood oranges served up dramatically in a dark bowl which was an excellent finish to the evening.
We not only loved the food at Clay but the earthenware used for the plates and bowls really ties everything all together. New York City artisan Wynne Noble was commissioned to make all of the hand-thrown creations that have a rustic but modern aesthetic and each of the pieces have a grainy, stone look to them.
Those interested in dropping by the first week should note that this is basically a soft opening for the staff to get up and running efficiently so some patiences might be required. Hours are now from 5:30PM to 11:00 PM on the weekdays with hours extended to midnight on the weekends.