Some book group members only have a pied-à-terre in the city, not large enough to host luncheons at their home so they opt for a prix fixe menu at some restaurant. That’s how we ended up at Bistango at the Kimberley Hotel, discussing Michele Obama’s autobiography, “Becoming,” a book we all liked. I can’t say as much for the meal other than their super attentive service.

We all did the $24.95 prix fixe menu, starting with the plentiful arugula salad in a light lemon balsamic vinaigrette. Sadly the eggplant in the Parmigiana needed lots more time in the oven; we might not have noticed so much if the entree had been served hot. And, the soft-shelled crab oddly served in a sandwich was not fresh. At least the fries that accompanied it were crispy as we had requested them well done. The best entree option on the fixed menu was the lemony chicken piccata with roasted potatoes.

If you end up at Bistango, do have dessert. I’d recommend either the chocolate lava cake with salted caramel gelato or the mascarpone cheesecake ($12 each). And I do recommend “Becoming.”

Bistango at The Kimberly Hotel
145 E. 50th St
New York, NY 10022
(212) 888-4121
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