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Joel Robuchon to Bring L'Atelier Back to New York City; Eataly Plans a Downtown Expansion

The legendary French chef and the Italian food paradise both have grand plans for Lower Manhattan.

L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon in London
L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon in London

Legendary French chef Joël Robuchon has just announced plans to reopen L'Atelier, two years after he closed the outpost of his Parisian restaurant in the Four Seasons. Rumors of Robuchon's return to New York City have been out there since May, and now Flo Fab confirms that a new L'Atelier will open in Battery Park City's gleaming new development, Brookfield Place.

The new restaurant will take up a sprawling 11,000 square feet, and will be modeled after the swanky London outpost of L'Atelier. It joins Jose Garces's Spanish tapas restaurant, Amada, an outpost of Parm, and the Eataly-esque French market and restaurant complex from Peter Poulakakos and chef Jordi Valles.

And speaking of Eataly, Flo Fab also confirms the rumor that Mario Batali's Italian food wonderland is planning to open a location at 4 World Trade Center.  That new, somewhat smaller outpost should about a year from now.