The Shop at Andaz was a delightful restaurant experience with a friend before a Broadway show. We had hoped to eat across the street (at Bryant Park Grill behind the NYC Public Library) but they were closed for a private event. Often hotel restaurants cater to a captive audience and thus aren't the best options available so it was with trepidation that we tried the Shop. Great surprise and we were so glad we ate there. The diver scallops were cooked to perfection, but the real gem was the duck breast. Crispy on the outside, as it should be, and succulent (although I hate that word, it fits) on the inside. We enjoyed reading the back of the menu listing the local sources--which of course made the food taste even better. They were featuring a special salad that evening: a watermelon/mint/watercress salad that was perfect for a beautiful summer evening. We finished by sharing a mud cake portion which was served with fresh orange slices. It was a good thing we shared, fabulous but rich! Service was good, as was all the service we experienced during our Andaz stay. Our NYC resident hosts were glad to hear of our good experience at the Shop and plan to dine there soon as it is apparently difficult to find a good restaurant in that general area...not that I would know! It was a great experience and I highly recommend the Shop at Andaz.
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