610 Lexington Ave., New York, 10022, United States
Rating: One Michelin star
What the Michelin inspectors said…
Chef Alain Verzeroli, who spent just over two decades crafting the menus of the late, great Joël Robuchon, lands his first solo project, and it’s a culinary wonderland. Buried into a corner of a gleaming condo tower designed by Foster & Partners, this gorgeous, light-filled space is truly a verdant vision—with olive-green velvet furnishings, green-veined marble flooring and lush plants at every turn. It’s the perfect effect for the chef’s equally produce-driven menu, where seasonal vegetables, fruits and herbs play a prominent role—with impeccably sourced meats and sustainable fish as their supporting cast. Diners are welcomed with an ‘amuse-juice’; cocktails feature vegetables and herbs; and even the ice cream is plant-based. Dinner highlights however include Maine sea scallops, seared to perfection before being enhanced with a carrot purée, snap peas, and grilled spring onion. A perfectly cooked whole lobster may then arrive, expertly sliced from its shell and served with a foamy bisque as well as tender, colourful potatoes smoked over cherry wood. Save room for Pastry Chef Salvatore Martone’s intricate and delicious desserts, like a lemon tart with crispy meringue.
We want to try…
Maine lobster with spaghetti squash, coconut milk and romanesco ($45).