When dining for the first time at Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Restaurant Corton in New York City, there are five things that you should know:
1. Don’t go starving. The portions are small but intricate which means that if you’re hungry, you’re not necessarily going to feel satisfied after your meal. It’s better to have a small snack before you go, so you can truly enjoy the food.
2. Tasting menu only. There are only two menu options at Corton: a six-course, seasonal tasting menu or a 10-course tasting menu.
3. Don’t be intimidated by the white décor. The restaurant can seem intimidating, with its white walls embossed with white vines and leave. And the scattered lighting fixtures have a slightly cold presence, but the vibrancy and creativity of the food makes up for it. We promise.
4. Look for the chef. Paul Liebrandt doesn’t leave his restaurant unattended so look for his tall figure lurking at the back of the dining room, keeping a watchful eye on both front and back of house.
5. Save room for dessert. Just when you think that you want to go for a slice of pizza after your tasting menu ends, you will be hit with an onslaught of petit fours like cashew-praline chocolate truffles or banana rum-flavored macaroons that will leave you satisfied.