"A standout menu includes traditional Italian-inspired dishes all brought to the table in…a perfect presentation.”
For much of the past decade, John DeLucie has been New York City’s most sought-after chef. As founding chef and partner of The Waverly Inn, DeLucie and his Italian-American take on classic cuisine attracted both the celebrity crowd and serious food fans, who were wowed by his original and eye-opening offerings. The Lion, DeLucie’s newest and most ambitious venture, has only solidified his stature as both a serious chef, and a culinary light that attracts the brightest of the glitterati.
The Lion has been called “eye-catching” (W Magazine), “the latest addition to the power pantheon” (Time Out New York), and “the edge of the volcano” (Gael Greene) that “has the media, fashion and pretty folks out in force” (Women’s Wear Daily). But it’s not the celebrity clientele that demands the most attention. In the end, it all comes down to John’s cooking—a passion that was instilled in him as a little boy.
DeLucie’s grandfather ran a fruit and vegetable market, and would bring home a bounty of fresh produce for his grandmother to turn into meals showcasing boldly flavored seasonal foods. Those early taste lessons left a lasting impression: Although John tried his hand at a few 9-to-5 jobs, he eventually gave in to his natural culinary curiosity, first taking courses at New York’s New School for Culinary Arts, and then getting his first food job, chopping 40-pound bags of onions in the back room of Dean & DeLuca. After a tour of Europe’s great cuisine centers—France, Italy and Spain, DeLucie began to sculpt his own cooking style, fusing modern cooking techniques with European flavors. Upon returning to the States in 1990, John landed a job in the kitchen of the groundbreaking Southwestern eatery Arizona 206, which received 3 stars from the New York Times. In 1996, he took over at the venerable seafood restaurant Oceana. Today, DeLucie’s style is as distinctive as it is universally praised, and The Lion is its apex.
Crown group Private events
The Lion features a Library Lounge and Private Dining Room on the 2nd floor of the restaurant. In addition, the entire restaurant is available for large-scale events.
Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of The Lion’s main dining areas and just beyond a secret door, the Library Lounge and Private Dining Room occupy an intimate space that is perfect for events ranging from cocktail parties and important dinners to social gatherings and celebrations.
These luxuriously appointed rooms feature open seating plans with intimate nooks and crannies, antique collectibles, and an eclectic mix of photography and artwork by notable artists. In one corner of the space, a separate bar gives guests the benefit of complete privacy in which to enjoy their event.