The Stinger… I’ll eat and drink for it! – Chronicles of Times Square
Tucked away inside the lobby of the Intercontinental Hotel, 300 West 44th Street is The Stinger, a boutique restaurant and bar. The Stinger is actually quite large, which I didn’t really find out until the next morning. There is a nice gas fireplace on one wall and it feels quite spacious and intimate.
I was late and meeting my guest for dinner, but had to check in at the hotel. Due to the delay, we really only had about an hour to relax, eat, and enjoy. Needless to say I was stressed to the max as my morning went by and our reservations were for 5 people and I was released at 5:15pm.
Jeffrey chose a table in the living room that was inviting and comfortable. We ordered 2 Sidecar ($26 each) made with Hennessy Privilege VSOP cognac and Cointreau orange liqueur shaken with fresh lemon juice, half-circled raw sugar, served. These drinks took over and were so refreshing. I hadn’t had a Sidecar in about 30 years and wonder why it took so long since this drink was perfectly relaxing. The portions were very generous and the drink was a real drink, not a water based version. For those looking for a cocktail before or after the show, this is the perfect place to unwind.
For dinner, we ordered a Burrata Di Bufala ($26) baby arugula, oven-dried tomatoes, aged balsamic vinegar to share. The Bufala was freshly made and the salad was authentic and plentiful.
I ordered the cabernet braised ribs ($38). This was served with soft polenta and caramelized onions. The ribs melted in my mouth and the polenta was creamy and excellent.
My guest had the Grilled Mediterranean Bronzino ($36) with spinach, charred lemon vinaigrette and Sicilian chiles. Jeff was so delighted with his dish that he was silent.
Both dishes were beautifully served.
Now The Stinger’s menu is very limited as it only has a chicken dish and a steak, but for what they do the quality is wonderful.
Neil our server was amazing, quick and informative. When my guest wanted a dessert in which there is no menu, he offered me a Tiramisu and a Cheese Cake. We ordered the cheesecake which came with fresh berries and chocolate sauce.
We did our show and were satisfied and satisfied.
The Stinger is open Tuesday to Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to midnight (last service at 11:00 p.m.).
The next morning we decided to try breakfast. This time I saw that the restaurant had a restaurant side, spacious, welcoming and comfortable.
Breakfast is served daily from 07:00 to 11:00. There’s a Continual ($26.99) and the Full American ($29.99). This includes a selection of two eggs any style or omelet, breakfast potato, applewood smoked bacon, butter croissant, juice, Illy coffee and Dammann Frères teas. I had orange juice, iced coffee and 2 eggs easier.
Jeff had a vegetable omelet, tomato juice, and hot coffee.
On the table were the cutest condiments of jelly and tabasco which added to the ambiance.
We never had to ask for more coffee or juice. The plates were so deliciously fresh and flavorful. I normally don’t eat breakfast because I don’t like to spend the day feeling full and bloated. I realized after eating breakfast and dinner that I was not bloated, my stomach was normal and I felt pleasantly satisfied. This is how fresh, clean food makes you feel.
Kudos to the chef and the Stinger for putting the health of your guests first.
If you’re looking to book a Tony night, special occasion or entertain clients, there are private dining rooms and The Stinger is available for full buyouts or semi-private events.
If you want to impress, I recommend The Stinger for convincing and its perfect location.
The Stinger at The Intercontinental Hotel, 300 West 44th Street.
Reservations are recommended (212) 803-4545.