Miami club kingpin Eric Milon was last seen opening an outpost of his celeb spot Mansion in the home of the former Crobar, and now he has taken over one of the most swank, yet undertrafficked spaces in midtown: the bi-level venue that once housed private membership club Fizz and then Azza. On Friday hell open Covet along with partner Andre Hnatyszak. On the first floor: A restaurant where former Bruno Jamais chef John Keller will deliver dishes inspired by the Mediterranean and Pacific Rim. In the basement: A lounge, open till 4 a.m., where D.J.'s like house spinner Eve Salvail (a.k.a. D.J. Evalicious) will heighten the mood created by $18 to $24 cocktails from Orson Salicetti of Apothke (the most expensive drink, at $160, includes hand-chiseled ice).
As you can see from our slideshow, the makeover is a sizable one the once Klimt-esque dining room now holds a Marcel Wander chandelier and a Robert Lambert painting, among other things, and the downstairs lounge is strewn with bearskin throw pillows and cow-hide ottomans. See some of the menu items below.
COVET SAMPLE MENU
Tartar with wasabi tobiko/ lemongrass-ginger oil
Sashimi with ponzu/ Serrano pepper
Mushroom duxelle/ red chili aioli / chives
Gingered edamame puree / baby zucchini and patty pan compote
Grilled Hamachi Steak
Yuzu- Dashi / baby bok choy/ enoki mushrooms
Wild Boar Tenderloin
Agave- Wasabi mustard/ green apple- leek confit/ fingerling sweet potato
Persian Kale/ Mushroom Fricasse/ Roasted sweet potato fingerlings/ Shanghai Tips/ Asparagus
COVET SIGNATURE COCKTAILS
Hungarian Paprika / Pineapple Mezcal / Himalayan Salt Rim with Spices
Premium Vodka / Extract Ginger / Aphrodisiac Tea / Covet Sour / Hibiscus Bitters
Single Malt Scotch / Black Cardamom Essence / Red Lillet / Fresh Mint / Aphrodisiac Bitters
Grain of Paradise Infused Vodka / Aperol Cooked Strawberries / Rosemary Essence
House Essence Flambé / Premium Saffron / Louis XIII / Hand Chiseled Ice
Covet, 137 E. 55th St., nr. Lexington Ave.