‘Chef of the Century’ Joël Robuchon, the Frenchman with no less than 25 Michelin stars to his err…apron strings, is taking his celebrated restaurant ‘L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon’ to New York City.
Not satisfied with his bevy of establishments in Paris, London, Las Vegas, Hong Kong, Taipei, Singapore and Monaco (to name but a few), Robuchon is continuing his world domination of the restaurant scene with a shiny new joint in New York, opening in March. Indeed, this is not the first time he and his gourmet gang have descended on the city; he had a residency at the Four Seasons Hotel which closed in 2012.
But this one is different. It’s based downtown in Brookfield Place – a swish new development in the Financial District between the World Trade Centre and Hudson River – reflecting the increasingly strong foothold of upmarket dining in downtown New York. Like his other ventures, the restaurant will be in-keeping with the (ridiculously successful) Parisian blueprint but draw unique inspiration from its individual surroundings; in this case, the Statue of Liberty.
Head Chef Xavier Boyer’s seasonable menu has urban edge which is mirrored in the classic yet contemporary style of the restaurant’s fine dining room, laidback bar and lounge area with outdoor waterside seating.