Mediterranean-influenced restaurant Miss Paradis — a project from longtime French fast casual health food restaurateurs — will be debuting this Thursday after close to five years in production. Claude Louzon and his daughter Julie are opening the all-day restaurant at 47 Prince Street, at Mulberry Street, with famously eccentric designer Philippe Starck, who designed the 120-seat, bi-level space. It's his touches that people walking through Soho will likely notice first.
For one, passersby will soon be able to spot the restaurant by a nine-foot tall sculpture of a chrome apple with an arrow going through it, from artist Suzanne Couture. It will be on top of the building in a few weeks. Inside, Couture’s created 30-foot pillars that look like apple trees, and in a bar area, Starck’s placed 20-foot tall TVs that will display video art of fruit and vegetables. Even before it opened, Miss Paradis was loud. Starck and the Louzons, who have been working on the restaurant since at least 2011, displayed a huge, nude painting on the side of the restaurant while it was under construction. All the art is part of the Louzons' attempt to "blend food, art, and culture" in their own way at the restaurant.
As for food, the Louzons, who own Le Paradis du Fruit in Paris, will continue with their legacy of "healthful cuisine" at Miss Paradis. Expect a seasonally changing menu with a heavy vegetable focus, including salads, cold-pressed juices, and "homemade activated charcoal breads." Other options include whole roasted cauliflower, shakshuka with arugula and tahini, and blini with pastrami salmon, cream cheese, and avocado. Despite the health focus, it will also have an expansive dessert menu — part of their philosophy that "life is about pleasure and balance, not restrictions." Take a look at some of the menus below, and if you stop by, let us know what you think.