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The egg torta ($10) -- a mix of squash, brussels sprouts, and other veg with eggs in a tortilla. The flavors were warm and it was surprisingly filling.

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When the weather warms, the plan is to have tables outside on the little porch toward The Egg.

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The restaurant space on the Empire State Plaza has re-opened

Empire State Plaza restaurant exterior

The restaurant space on the ESP near the foot of the Corning Tower is back operating as a restaurant again -- Cornerstone at The Plaza opened this week.

It's serving lunch Monday through Friday from 11 am-3 pm while in the state legislature is in session. There's also a happy hour Wednesday from 3-7 pm.

You might remember this space once housed the restaurant The Sign of the Tree -- it closed more than a decade ago. Mazzone Hospitality -- which also operates a cafeteria on the concourse of the ESP, as well as a bunch of other local restaurants such as 677 Prime -- is running the new Cornerstone restaurant. (It had already been hosting events there during the past year.)

New restaurant blurbage:

The menu will include foods and beverages produced in New York State, including a locally-sourced selection of artisanal cheeses; a warm winter kale salad featuring chorizo from Dashing Star Farm; a vegetable torta made with local farm eggs; and beef short ribs braised in Nine Pin Cider.

Here's the menu.

We stopped in for lunch Thursday. It was nice. The space -- about half of which was set up for lunch service -- has great windows which look out onto the plaza. The atmosphere was relaxed, and the service friendly. The music could use an upgrade. (If you're ever wondering if a chamber orchestra version of "Hotel California" is a good idea, the answer is always no.) There's an elevator inside that connects to the concourse below.

Here are a few pics if you're curious.

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NYS OGS -- which manages the ESP -- advertises on AOA.

Comments

The bar at the Sign of the Tree used to be a nice place to catch a quick drink before a show at the Egg. I guess that still isn't possible, unless it is a Wednesday show. Why wouldn't they want to cater to that crowd?

NYS is in technically in session Jan-June.
Are they only open when legislature is actually in session? Pls see calendar.

http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/calendar/

Thanks.

Oh, how beautiful!
Brings back memories of the Soviet Union.

@rob: Haven't you heard? International power style architecture is coming back in fashion.

So expensive for lunch.

NYS taxpayers will be buying a lot of lunches there!

Looks nice but honestly I will never get there with their current hours. If they're successful and can expand their hours, it would be great to a drink / dinner on the Plaza when the weather is warmer and they have outdoor seating! (or like Ron said, before a show at the Egg!)

"NYS taxpayers will be buying a lot of lunches there!" Yeah! How dare we pay employees for working and/or allow them to eat food?!

Great space! Love the modern look. But, I hope they're considering extending their hours to include dinner... With Mazzone behind it, I can't imagine it won't do well with evening service, show nights, or otherwise.

Some soup on the menu at this time of year would be a good option.

50 years into the South Mall thing -- if this was a winner, somebody would have cashed. Just in time for the recession Trump will blame on Obama.


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