Having spent the last few years of his professional career in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn—his resume includes Eleven Madison Park, Atera, and most recently, Aska—Midtown is more or less uncharted waters for Eamon Rockey. While the general theme at Betony is "classics with a delicate twist," that's not to say there aren't some progressive (read: geeky) touches on the menu.
Betony offers some unusually savory desserts like roasted apricot with almond and watercress, but also more conventional sweets. Of them, Coconut Pate a Bombe, White Chocolate and Aged Rum ($12) may be the most unusual. It's exceptionally light but with some fine dining trickery, namely a frozen coconut sorbet full of rum.
It's rare that a restaurant opening in Midtown causes much of a stir, but with Chef Bryce Shuman—the former executive Sous Chef of Eleven Madison Park—at the helm, it's no surprise that Betony is making waves. This short rib dish is one of those wave-makers.
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