STATE Grill and Bar Opens in the Empire State Building

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STATE Grill and Bar, a new upscale dining destination, opened last week on the lobby level of the Empire State Building for lunch and dinner, with special event and private dining space for groups.

The upscale restaurant, part of the Patina Restaurant Group, has an emphasis on sourcing local products, with menus that support local farmers, purveyors, brewers, and winemakers.

Executive Chef Octavio Becerra, who is returning to New York City following a stint opening Acabar in Las Angeles, creates dishes like Beet Trilogy with cloumage ricotta, dragon carrots, radishes, and mustard frill; Cauliflower Steak with wheat berries, pine nuts, and pomegranate relish; and Lamb T-Bone with  minted eggplant, romesco sauce, pine nut, and currant relish. STATE even churns its own butter. The beverage program is curated by award-winning sommelier and mixologist Aaron von Rock.

Designed by the celebrated architect Richard Bloch, STATE Grill and Bar pays homage to the Empire State Building's rich history and 1930s Art Deco design. The main 2,800 square-foot, lobby-level space features a central bar and lounge nestled between a 95-seat dining room and sleek open kitchen that is part of the dining experience.  

In addition, there is a 6,400 square-foot downstairs space that can accommodate up to 90, reached via private elevator, featuring three versatile private event spaces separated by custom-built, sound-proof, power lift partitions. The restaurant's private dining rooms can be accessed through the restaurant and bar or through the Empire State Building's new concourse level lobby.

"STATE Grill and Bar adds the fine-dining establishment to the Empire State Building which has been missing since the building's completion. Its menu is designed to be varied, healthy, and good to eat every day, and continues our master plan to make the Empire State Building the highest quality, best located urban campus in New York City for our tenants, their visitors, and our community," says Anthony E. Malkin, Empire State Realty Trust Chairman, President and CEO.