A few years ago i had taken a very good friend out to eat in Manhattan. She was with her daughter, who was about 10 or 11 years old at the time. Instead of going to the movies i decided to take them to Jekyll&Hyde's Theme Restaurant. I figured my friend loves to eat and it would entertain her daughter as well. The entrance to this theme restaurant of horror was very cool with actors dressed as ghouls. Once the doors open, we were placed in what appeared to be a small room. And that's when the ceiling slowly dropped with spikes moving down apon us. My friends daughter placed her hands over her face thinking this may be the end. I remember her grabbing my leg and hiding her face. And just as the spikes were nearly on top of us, the doors open to the main part of the restaurant. That was very cool!! My friend and her daughter couldn't believe all the Ghouls and Monsters walking around inside. It was packed but we got seats after half an hour. Once we were seated our menus were brought to us byThe Black Widow. It looked like she had on a wedding gown with tarantulas crawling all over her. While we were waiting for our food we happen to notice this amazing Horror show being performed with flashing lights and sounds like aFrankenstein movie. This place made my friend and daughter date a perfect evening!! After we finished eating we decided to look around. They have several floors and each one is different from the other. My favorite was the room that remind me of a library. With books that covered the walls and having to push on some of those books to find the bathroom. Very cool!!!!! So here's the deal. A date with a mother and daughter, $45.00 for dinner, good food and a horror show!!! I'll go again!!!
This is an excellent restaurant serving quality American cuisine in an atmosphere inspired by the early 20th century architects Greene and Greene (wood accents with softly rounded corners, beautiful joinery). The food is generally of superb quality using fresh ingrediants, locally grown as much as possible. The menu changes with the seasons and always includes nightly specials. The soups are always wonderfully flavorable with a standout being a tomato based gazpacho enlivened with a scoop of lump crab meat salad. Other appetizers range from a fresh seafood platter (for 2) to meaty, falling off the bone spare ribs. Main courses feature fish, meat and pasta selections, usually served with flavored foams, reductions and vegetables. There is always a fish special and a meat special which I usually end up ordering one of these because they are always superb with unusual and very satisfying combinations of flavors. Desserts are uniformly well presented and delicious with the possible exception of the lemon tart which suffers from a leaden crust. My only criticism of the desserts is that sometimes they can go a little overboard, adding a superfluous scoop of intensely chocolate brulee to an otherwise excellent sour cream cheese cake.
The Regency is a very nice hotel. The staff is very friendly and the rooms are comfortable. The only complaints I have are room service, internet connectivity, room size. The room service was expensive which can be expected. But add on top of that a charge per person and % on top of that. You can get internet connectivity for an extra $14.95 a day. In today’s internet enabled world this should be free. They days I did pay for internet connectivity Netflix streaming played with minimal buffering through my laptop. The room was a decent size but for the prize it could be larger. Let’s talk about the positives of the Regency. Once again I must mention the friendly staff. Then there is the location. You are two blocks from Central Park. Two blocks from the subway. Also if you want some good take-out I would suggest www.gourmetpark.com which is a two minute walk from the Regency. The one big reason we chose the Regency was because it was pet friendly. Our dog got better treatment than I did. They had a dog mat, bowls; dog treats, and dog bags (for when we walked him through-out the day). He got the royal treatment. All in all if the Regency is in your budget it’s a wonderful place to stay.