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Famous NYC Bistro Swifty's is Revived at The Colony Hotel

By Jayne Chase | February 10, 2020 | Food & Drink

Iconic NYC bistro Swifty’s is revived at The Colony Hotel, exciting locals and snowbirds alike and bringing all the elements of the original eatery to Palm Beach.

SwiftysCrabCake-0001.jpgSwifty’s famous crab cakes and tuna tartare with ginger and capers

If the closing of Swifty’s restaurant in 2016 made you fall to your knees on the corner of 72nd and Lexington and shake a fist at the sky, damning the Manhattan powers-that-be in your best Planet of the Apes-era Charlton Heston impression… despair no more. The famed New York City eatery—where on any given night chic socialites could spot Liza Minnelli singing “Happy Birthday” next to Bill Murray eating the meatloaf that, legend has it, originated from couturier Bill Blass’ mother’s cookbook—has opened at The Colony Hotel.

The limited-engagement pop-up began in December and was the perfect union, according to original founder Robert Caravaggi. “I am thrilled to have Swifty’s opening at the beautiful Colony Hotel,” Caravaggi says. “The Colony is the jewel of Palm Beach Island. Imagine, The Colony and Swifty’s!”

For years, Swfity’s reigned on the Upper East Side as an in-the-know “club without dues” for a Manhattan set that ran the gamut of society heavyweights from NYPD top cop Bill Bratton to top socialite Lee Radziwill. The Colony’s iteration of Swifty’s will have many of the hallmarks of the original clubby Upper East Side haunt including intimate banquette seating, menu illustrations by Tim Snell and, of course, Caravaggi himself helming the front to make sure you get your regular corner table. 155 Hammon Ave., 561.655.5430

Photography by: Capehart Photography