For months now, Rich Torrisi, Mario Carbone, and Jeff Zalaznick have been fussing over the design of their new Thompson Street restaurant, Carbone. Julian Schanbel's son curated the artwork, Zac Posen designed the waiter uniforms, the floor is inspired by The Godfather, the linguine has three kinds of clams in it, and the carrot cake looks like an M.C. Escher drawing. Like Torrisi and Parm, this new project will offer a tweaked version of Italian-American cuisine. But Carbone is a ritzier establishment than those two restaurants. Note the white tablecloths, the tiny bar with the Methuselah of Champagne, and the chairs with arms and leather backs.
According to Carbone, the restaurant hopes to evoke "midcentury, Italian-American fine dining," and customers will get to engage in a dialogue with the servers about how they want their food prepared. Expect things like Caesar salad, beef carpaccio, lobster fra diavolo, chicken scarpariello, and several types of pasta. If everything goes according to plan, Carbone will open for dinner tomorrow night. In the spring, Team Torrisi will also unveil The Lobster Club, a new sandwich shop/bar counterpart down the block.