I write about Oxbow because of its chef, whose food is good and, as expensive as it is, might even be of fair value. Another reason is that supposedly it has the longest zinc bar in Manhattan. Whatever, it’s pretty long.
Chef Tom Valenti, formerly of ‘Cesca (in the same neighborhood) and the world famous Le Cirque (on the East side) and most recently of Ouest, which closed in 2016 due to increasingly high rents, has compensated by moving to this location where rents might be even higher. But then, so are his prices.
Oxbow was formerly Victor’s Café (which is now downtown at 236 West 52nd Street), and was a celebrated gathering place during its heyday in the 1960s and 70s. The restaurant routinely swarmed with a collage of New Yorkers, including Lincoln Center concertgoers and Cuban expatriates.
You might consider rolling a die to help you decide which among other high end neighborhood joints you want to experience prior to, say, a show at Lincoln Center, others being the famous Jean George, Leopard at Des Artistes (with its Christy murals) and Per Se, for which you would have had to make your reservation at least three months ago.
That long zinc bar becomes boisterous at appropriate times and the crowd generally presents as prosperous, though casually dressed.
East coast halibut (36)
Yellowfin tuna (35)
Braised pork (29)
Braised tripe (27)
Oxbow also features grilled tuna and salmon, pork chops and lamb chops.