David Waltuck, the acclaimed chef who manned the stoves at his 30 year-old restaurant Chanterelle until it sadly closed last year, is joining the team at Robert restaurant at the Museum of Arts and Design as a consultant. It's unclear what kind of overhaul Waltuck—a chef who also consulted for a time at the pretty but often confounding Tribeca restaurant Macao Trading Co.—is planning or how long he's staying. But regardless it's a good move on the part of the restaurant.
The four month-old Robert has won accolades for both its design and its sweeping views of Columbus Circle and part of Central Park but not for its food. Platt called it "generic, generally uninspired," while Sifton remarked that it serves "corporate food of the most anodyne variety." Perhaps Waltuck, with the help of the current chef de cuisine Matt Koffman, can change that.
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