Todd English can't stop, won't stop. Having just slapped his celebrated name on the new fancy food court in the Plaza Hotel, the chef/restaurateur is opening Ca Va, a shiny new brasserie adjacent to the new Intercontinental Times Square hotel on West 44th Street. It's also right by the new Shake Shack, so if you tire of the line you can always pop in here for a $21 sirloin burger. (It opens Monday, which IS ALREADY AUGUST, WTF?!)
The sleek establishment, designed by Jeffrey Beers, consists of a dining room seating 80, a private dining room with room for 56 swells, and a swish lounge. Starting next week, Ca Va will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, serving signature dishes such as Tuna Nicoise with haricots vert, fingerling potatoes, tomato confit, black olives, cucumbers, chopped egg, avocado dressing ($26). For dinner there are options like the Todd's Cassoulet: duck confit, pork sausage, braised lamb, spring beans, and frisée salad ($29). Or perhaps you'd prefer the Rabbit Wellington: puff pastry wrapped loin, spinach, mushrooms, braised leg, and carrot purée ($26)?
According to Zagat Buzz, "the cocktail list is heavy on the French offerings—numerous drinks feature St. Germain and Mathilde’s fruit liqueurs. Libations like the A’labsinthe—a mix of pear vodka, limoncello, Pernod and housemade sweet-and-sour mix—are available for $14."
310 West 44th Street, (212) 803-4545