Gonzo eateries

September 12, 2016 | By Ann Imperatore
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In all, a total of at least five premier dining establishments with enormous layouts will open in the coming months, some with dining spaces that are so exclusive diners will need to buy an apartment in the building to eat there.

At 432 Park Avenue, which recently became the tallest residential building in the country, the 12th-floor restaurant will also be a very exclusive eatery. It will be headed by chef Shaun Hergatt, formerly of Michelin-starred Juni, along with restaurateur Scott Sozmen, formerly of Per Se. It will reportedly be a private restaurant for residents only.

Premiering this fall at the 96-story behemoth, the yet unnamed restaurant will span the entire 8,500-square-foot space. The New York Times said the much-awaited eatery is being designed by Bentel & Bentel, known for designing both Eleven Madison Park and Le Bernardin. The dining space will include a pair of 22-foot-tall chandeliers with 55,000 pieces of handset crystal. The pièce de résistance? A 5,000-square-foot terrace for diners.

Brace yourselves for a ‘Four Seasons on steroids.’

Nearby, at 425 Park Avenue, more big names are emerging. The New York Post reported that chefs Daniel Humm and Will Guidara, of Eleven Madison Park and NoMad fame, are teaming up again. The duo will helm a 14,000-square-foot bi-level dining venue housed in the Sir Norman Foster-designed 47-story office tower. Developer David Levinson of L&L Holding described the 2018 debut as, “a Four Seasons on steroids for the 21st century.”

A dining room on the 27th floor will be for tenants only.

In the space recently vacated by the Four Seasons Restaurant at 375 Park Avenue, a new dining establishment will also be manned by well-known names. Restaurateurs Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi, along with their business partner Jeff Zalaznick (who all in their 30s), are planning a good mix of old and new. The Grill Room will pay homage to the landmark’s past — classic and manly. The Pool Room will take on a lighter feel with a new vegetable-and seafood-centric menu. And in an effort to make the brasserie more laid back, the partners enlisted architect Peter Marino to redesign it.

In the 63-story skyscraper at 100 East 53rd Street, French chef Joël Robuchon will open a namesake eatery on the tower’s second level, plus a gourmet market and bakery on the ground floor. Designed by architect Joseph Dirand, the French food mecca will be open to the public, but will also feature a private dining room with direct elevator access for residents. The menu has not been released yet, but the Michelin-starred chef said it will be similar to his other eateries around the globe.

New Yorkers who are eager to try a certain Chinese cuisine rumored to be one of Michelle Obama’s favorites will get their chance. Beijing-based DaDong, known for its Peking duck — supposedly less fatty than typical roast duck — will debut its first U.S. location in late 2017 at 1095 Sixth Avenue, a 41-story office tower. At 13,000 square feet, the place is enormous, with seating for a whopping 400 diners, but it will also offer privacy in the form of two dining rooms and an 800-square-foot outdoor terrace on the third floor. The second floor features two additional dining rooms with nearly 4,000 square feet of outdoor garden space for the masses.

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