Opening Shot: An Eleven Madison Park Alum Brings Buzz to Lower Manhattan

A Del Posto vet and Michelin–grade pastry chef by his side, James Kent comes correct with his first solo project.

The dining room at Crown Shy.

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Location: New York

Design: MN Design Professional Corporation

On Offer: Chef James Kent teamed with Del Posto vet Jeff Katz for his first solo venture, housed in the ground floor of a landmark Art Deco building in FiDi. High ceilings, soft light, and muted shades of beige set an ethereal vibe inside the 120-seat dining room appointed with copper-leather banquettes and orb lighting fixtures.

Standout features: From an open-plan kitchen, Kent and his team serve a globally focused menu, offering up plates of white bean hummus with nduja and puffed bread, gruyère fritters, and house-made cavatelli with chicken liver ragu. Pastry chef Renata Ameni lives up to her Michelin pedigree with standout dessert items like sticky toffee pudding.

(Photos by Chris Payne and Natalie Black)

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