Designed to evoke the kind of joint where you'd plant a revolver in the men's room in order to shoot a corrupt police captain, the East Side Social Club opened last night, from the family behind such winners as Employees Only and Macao Trading Co. Located on East 51st Street in the former Montparnasse space in The Pod Hotel, the club is divided into three distinct sections: a bar in front with Art Deco accents; a fine dining room with classic checkered tablecloths in the center; and an elevated, semi-private back room divided by ironwork. It's open from 6:45 a.m. to 4 a.m., giving the public the opportunity to conduct "business" at all hours. (For the record, it's not literally a "club.")

These are the Employees Only people, so expect "expertly crafted cocktails" to accompany Chef Devon Gilroy's (Chanterelle, A Voce) menu, which runs the gamut from breakfast to late-night dinner. Besides daily crudo, raw bar specials, and housemade pastas, options include stuffed eggplant; sea urchin arancini; and Berkshire pork chop with chanterelle mushrooms, chestnuts and farro. Peruse the full dinner menu below, and get ready to tuck your napkin into your collar (so you don't get sauce all over your nice Ivy league suit).

East Side Social Club // 230 East 51st Street // (212) 355-9442

Raw Bar
East and West Coast Oysters
Little Neck Clams

Cured Meats
Choice of three $12

Cold Appetizers
BUFFALO RICOTTA -----------------------------$10
Sourdough bread
STUFFED EGGPLANT ---------------------------- $12
Pecorino, red pepper, balsamic
MIXED GREEN SALAD ----------------------------$9
Balsamic vinaigrette
ESCAROLE CAESAR SALAD ------------------ $9
Anchovy, parmigiano vinaigrette
BEET SALAD----------------------------------------- $12
Taleggio, pistachio, citrus vinaigrette
MARINATED OLIVES ------------------------------ $7

Hot Appetizers
PORCINI----------------------------------------------- $12
Arugula, fontina, hazelnuts
ROASTED OCTOPUS ---------------------------$18
Chickpeas, tomato, wilted greens
SEA URCHIN ARANCINI ----------------------- $12
ROASTED ACORN SQUASH ------------------ $11
Sheep’s milk ricotta, brown butter, sage
CRISP SWEETBREADS ------------------------- $14
Baby fennel, orange, leek, capers

LINGUINI CLAM SAUCE---------------------------------------------------------- $19
Fresh linguini, Manila clams, calabrian chilies
GARGANELLI AI FRUTTI DI MARE -------------------------------------------$22
Baby octopus, squid, crab, uni, San Marzano tomatoes
MUSHROOM RAVIOLI ------------------------------------------------------------ $19
Fresh mushroom ravioli, Black trumpets, arugula, mushroom, veal jus
SPAGHETTI----------------------------------------------------------------------------- $17
Cured San Marzano tomatoes, herbs
RICOTTA GNOCCHI -------------------------------------------------------------- $17
House made gnocchi with Bolognese ragú

Main Course

GRILLED 30 OUNCE PORTERHOUSE -------------------------------------$78
Choice of two sides
GRILLED CHICKEN --------------------------------------------------------------- $24
Kale, pancetta and garlic stuffed leg, cannellini, garlic jus
BERKSHIRE PORK CHOP ------------------------------------------------------- $28
Chanterelle mushrooms chestnuts and farro
BRANZINO ALLA PLANCHA --------------------------------------------------$25
Cerignola olives, olive oil confit yukon gold potatoes
ROASTED COD --------------------------------------------------------------------- $26
Culatello, brussels sprouts and trumpet royale mushrooms
GRILLED SWORDFISH ----------------------------------------------------------- $26
Cherry tomatoes, tagiasche olives, capers, golden raisins
CREEKSTONE FARM SIRLOIN ----------------------------------------------- $38
Dry aged beef, braised radicchio, cipollini, vin cotto


CRISP FINGERLINGS -----------------------------$8
Parmigiano, parsley
HARICOT VERT -------------------------------------$8
Roasted garlic, olive oil
WHITE POLENTA --------------------------------- $8
Castelrosso, walnuts


Choice of three $12
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