Eat & Drink New York City Restaurants

The Pool Room, Four Seasons Restaurant

October 22, 2015

A few weeks ago, I was in New York City with my dad for a long weekend to take a class at NYU and also to take the GOES TSA Precheck interview, so I was pretty busy and running from place to place. On our second night in the city, dad took me to a restaurant that he’s always loved and that he wanted to introduce me too now that I’m a “young professional”–The Pool Room in the Four Seasons.

We took a cab to the restaurant, racing through Manhattan, watching as the rain poured around us. Am I the only one who thinks that New York is romantic in the rain? Obviously not when I’m with my dad, but the idea of walking down the street and sharing an umbrella with your significant other just sound like such a romantic idea.

The Pool Room has one of the coolest setups that I’ve ever seen. There are floor-to-ceiling windows and all of the tables and booths surround a small pool (hence the name of the room) that has a cute little alligator floating in the middle. My dad and I sat in one of the booths and spent most of the night spotting sports celebrities who were enjoying dinner at the same time that we were.


Another cool surprise was that the wine list came on an iPad, which somehow confused my dad despite the fact that he has an iPad at home that he uses quite regularly… Still pretty cool though!


We, and by that I mean that dad did since I’m still clueless when it comes to nice wines, ordered a Syrah blend from Napa Valley that was light and fruity. Granted I’ve been known to drink boxed wine so I may not always have the highest standards, but this was some awesome wine.


We perused the menu and decided that we would get two appetizers to split and then our own entrees. I’m a huge fan of ordering multiple dishes so that I can try the maximum number of dishes possible, which probably makes me gluttonous but who really cares when the food is out of this world?! I even got the waiter to take a picture of us before we started drinking which is always a good idea in my case because I tend to be a bit of a lightweight.




Dad ordered the Hamachi Crudo, which came drizzled with the most amazing jalapeño-ponzu sauce and fun little nibbly bits. I’m a big fan of raw fish in the first place, but the hamachi was so buttery and soft that I’d even recommend it to my non-fish loving friends.


After much debate, I went for the Crispy Oysters and I’m not lying when I say that they kind of blew my mind. I actually hadn’t tried oysters until this past summer and I’ve become a little obsessed with them since, which probably isn’t always great for my wallet.


Sitting pretty in a red pepper purée, the oysters had the perfect combination of spicy and crunchy in each bite that I was sorely tempted to order another plate of them. Definitely not the right choice for those who are more health conscience but it was just one of those #treatyourself kind of nights!



Between courses we drank our wine and talked about how although I felt completely lost at my job when I first started (I cried after my second day because I felt like I wasn’t smart enough!), that I definitely feel like I’m getting better and smarter everyday because I’m constantly pushing myself to be the best. Which definitely makes me want to bang my head against a wall sometimes but I feel so much more accomplished each night when I go to bed!

Serious talk aside, our entrées were incredible. Dad ordered the filet of bison and I went for the quail. Both dishes were served with seasonal vegetables and the most amazing gravy-like sauces. Light but hearty at the same time, we were happy and very full by the end of the meal.




And now for the best part of the meal… the COTTON CANDY! The Four Seasons gives each table a massive ball of cotton candy for free after dinner, and to say that I was excited would be a total understatement. I’m pretty sure that my eyes got super wide when our waiter brought it to our table because he sort of chuckled and assured me that it was all just for us.


I even got to blow out the candle on top and it wasn’t even my birthday!



So the next time you’re in Manhattan and looking for a swanky restaurant to impress relatives, business coworkers/clients, or just want a romantic setting for your next date night, you should definitely check out the Four Seasons’ Pool Room!


The Pool Room

99 East 52 Street

New York, NY 10022

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  • Yum I just had lunch, but this blog post made me really hungry! What a lovely restaurant and some father daughter bonding. I certainly agree that many places look very romantic in the rain. it’s the glistening of the pavements and the world being reflect on the stone. Thanks for sharing xx Kat I

    • Courtney

      That’s how I feel about New York in the rain! Although Paris definitely takes the cake for being the most romantic in the rain!

  • What a gorgeous restaurant, so fancy! And that cotton candy mountain is amazing, so cute that they got you a candle even though it wasn’t your birthday! xxxxx

    • Courtney

      Oh my goodness the cotton candy was so awesome!! And The Pool Room was such an amazing restaurant!

  • That cotton candy is INSANE!!!! It is seriously my dream dessert come true … it’s as big as your head! So sweet that you got to have this special dinner with your dad!

    • Courtney

      The cotton candy was so big that we couldn’t even finish it! And it really was such a special dinner with my dad!

  • Wow. Cotton candy cake make me wanna go to NYC!

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    • Courtney

      My pictures are making me want to catch the soonest train back to New York as well!

  • This all looks delicious!

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    • Courtney

      Our meals were so delicious! Although mine was definitely the better choice!

  • Oh wow this looks so lovely! I’ve never tried oysters but I really want to try those crispy ones! Also love the idea of cotton candy after a meal, I feel every restaurant should do this haha

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    • Courtney

      The crispy oysters were amazing!! I probably could have just eaten them all night!

  • Lindsay

    Those oysters look amazing! I’ll definitely need to try them, and the cotton candy, the next time that I’m in NYC!

    • Courtney

      You definitely should! Both of our meals were delicious!

  • Yum that is the coolest dessert!

    • Courtney

      The cotton candy was brilliant!

  • This looks incredible – especially that dessert!

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    • Courtney

      I loved everything about our meal, especially the cotton candy! I’d definitely go back to the Four Seasons the next time I’m in New York with my parents!

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    • Courtney

      The giant cotton candy was amazing!!

  • Sounds like you had a lovely evening with your Dad. How clever of the Four Seasons to do such an Instagram worthy complimentary dessert – free publicity!

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    • Courtney

      It really was a wonderful evening with my dad! And I didn’t think about that with the cotton candy but you’re so right!

  • Beautiful photos! Looks like you had a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing. Xo, Ellese

    • Courtney

      Thank you! The food (and the company) was amazing at the Pool Room!

  • looks good, would love to try that place!

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    • Courtney

      You definitely should! The restaurant is gorgeous and the food was amazingly delicious!

  • never thought of using cotton candy! That’s awesome!
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    • Courtney

      The cotton candy was so cool! And I love your blog!

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    Wow awesome! I love the cotton candy! Also, your bracelets are really pretty! Lovely touch!

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      I’m a little obsessed with my Alex & Ani bracelets! I wear them all of the time!!

  • That cotton candy is simply incredible. I know I’m an adult but that kind of stuff still excites me – haha!

    • Courtney

      That’s exactly how I felt too! I must have looked like a kid in a candy store, I was that excited!

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