Located on the ground floor of the landmark Art Deco building at 70 Pine Street in Manhattan’s Financial District, Crown Shy is a collaboration between James Kent, longtime chef de cuisine at Eleven Madison Park, and Jeff Katz, managing partner of Del Posto. The restaurant is Kent and Katz’s first solo project–without Make It Nice and B&B Hospitality Group, respectively–and their first collaboration.
The restaurant takes its name from Crown Shyness, the phenomenon in some tree species where the uppermost branches in a forest canopy avoid touching one another, creating space between the treetops and a mosaic pattern of light. Visually, the forest canopy is similar to the lower Manhattan skyline: dozens of distinct towers separated by the street grid.
The menu is divided into four sections: 1) small dishes that can easily be snacked on at the bar, 2) vegetable-forward and lighter dishes, 3) grains, and 4) main dishes or proteins. Everything on the menu can either be shared or ordered individually.