The Major Food Group’s forthcoming reimagining of the Four Seasons space is arguably the biggest restaurant NYC opening of the decade, if not the century. Mario Carbone, Jeff Zalaznick, and Rich Torrisi have opened a string of wildly popular restaurants over the last five years, including Carbone, Santina, Dirty French, Sadelle’s, and Parm. Some people love these guys, and some people hate ‘em, but they usually win, no matter what — they’re kind of like the Yankees, in that sense, which is fitting because they have a restaurant inside Yankee Stadium. And now, the boys are gearing up to open a new Midtown dining complex that every critic, mogul, and restaurant nerd will be checking out next year.
The Major Food dudes have kept the name of their big, big restaurant in the Seagram Building under wraps so far, but now the Post reports that the Four Seasons revamp will indeed be called The Landmark — presumably because the space is a landmarked interior. The name is also short for the "Landmark Rooms," apparently. The old Pool Room will be called The Pool, and the old Grill Room will be called The Grill. The Post notes that the downstairs street level space that housed The Brasserie will likely keep that name.
The Pool will have a seafood focus, while The Grill will have a menu of American fare. Rich Torrisi recently explained his vision for The Pool: "Nothing will reference what has happened in the past....I want this to be the No. 1 room in New York and in America where you go to celebrate." Expect bells, whistles, and fish trollies galore. The build-out will cost around $30 million when all is said and done. William T. Georgis and Annabelle Selldorf are in charge of restoring and updating the classic space. The Landmark will open in the first half of 2017.
Meanwhile, a few blocks away at 280 Park Avenue, Julian Niccolini and Alex von Bidder are building their new version of The Four Seasons, complete with gold curtains and a catwalk-like structure connecting the bar and dining room.