Just to be clear here, it was lunch at the Four Seasons Hotel, not the Four Seasons Restaurant (which has a Pool Room and a Grill Room.)
And yes, I was late for lunch at the Garden Room because I went to the wrong restaurant...nonetheless, I had a fabulous meal. I indulged in the Midtown Burger with pickled vegetables and Parmesan Herb Fries. I think I'd like to try the Ahi Tuna Burger next time.
The room is lovely -- you enter on 57th street and walking in to a beautiful marble oasis. It feels very peaceful and zen-like, especially after all the noise and traffic from mid-day in mid-town. Then you leave the marble and walk into a forest -- yes, a forest in the heart of Manhattan!
It's an odd sort of restaurant -- it's in the hotel, so it services guests, including families with children, many of whom are there over breakfast. But the lunch scene is much more of a power lunch atmosphere -- business people in suits who want to enjoy a nice meal but who don't want to linger for three hours. At first glance, the menu is pretty basic, but when you read the ingredients you realize the chef has added his/her own personal flair. For example, a crab cake is served with roasted sugar beets, and the butternut squash ravioli is served with local long island duck, heirloom apples, and brown butter.
The restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch, and weekend brunches. It's close enough to 5th Avenue and Central Park, that if you're looking for a nice oasis before a busy shopping day, or a place to meet up before embarking on a day in the park, this is the perfect place to stop -- even if you're not staying in the hotel.