UES Hot Spot Arlington Club Snags Two Stars From the NY Times

Laurent Tourondel is back. As Pete Wells pointed out in his latest NY Times restaurant review, it's been five years since the founder of the BLT-branded restaurants opened a restaurant on par with Arlington Club, a sprawling space on the Upper East Side that bills itself as a steakhouse. Wells isn't so taken with the meaty moniker, but he likes the comfort food, and has particularly nice words for the mac 'n' cheese. The crowds that packed the spot every night also seemed taken with the venue (and very UES). Take a look, and read the full review here:

"Whatever the theme, the neighborhood is clearly buying it. There are boys-night-out tables, girls-night-out tables, tables of families with preteen boys in camel-hair blazers that allow room to grow, and, one evening, a man with a skull printed on his shirt who was cheerfully dragging on an electronic cigarette.

"They all look delighted to be right where they are, except maybe the preteen boys and the people by the bar who are being made to wait a very long time for a table. If you happen to look over at the velvet rope that keeps the unseated out of the dining room, you may see their resentful eyes willing you to skip dessert."

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