Dan Silverman, soon to leave Lever House.Photo: Patrick McMullanAfter a solid five-year run, chef Dan Silverman is leaving Lever House. “Dan is moving on, looking to take the next step in his career,” says owner John McDonald. “He’ll be here for the next few weeks, working on the transition. The way it will happen is ideal for the restaurant.” For his part, Silverman is mum on his next project, though said a restaurant of his own was “certainly a possibility.”
McDonald is considering three or four chefs to replace Silverman, but he declined to divulge those names. Through other sources, we hear one possibility is Scott Bryan, the former Veritas chef and possibly the city’s number-one toque without a home. Most recently, Bryan was tied to 10 Downing Street, but pulled out. Was it possible he saw this job coming down the road? It’s just idle speculation on our part, but there’s no doubt that the addition of Bryan to Lever House would put the restaurant back on the city’s radar. (Like The Four Seasons, it’s one of those places whose excellence is undisputed, but is unjustly ceded to businessmen rather than foodies.) A chef could be named as early as next week, MacDonald says.