Major Food Group completes its takeover of the Seagram Building restaurants tonight with the opening of The Lobster Club — a Japanese cuisine-inspired brasserie with a wild, colorful design from high profile fashion world architect Peter Marino.
The restaurant, located at 98 East 53rd Street, fills the former Brasserie space and accordingly aims to be a buzzy place to dine in Midtown. Chef Tasaku Murakami, formerly of Michelin-starred Sushi Azabu, spearheaded the menu here, offering the sushi he’s known for, teppenyaki-style steakhouse fare, and a variety of gyoza. Everything is meant to be shared. Update: The Lobster Club is having private parties on Saturday and Monday.
With cred like that, the food plays a significant role, but the biggest draw will likely be the loud, Picasso-inspired space. Marino is quite the character and became a name for working with luxury brands like Chanel and Louis Vuitton. He collaborated on every aspect of design in the restaurant, from thick leather curtains dividing the space to bright pink lounge chairs.
The main dining room looks built to be ogled, and the diners there should anticipate being looked at, too. Neon-green camo banquettes at the back of the restaurant are literally being called “‘see and be seen’ tables.” Another narrower room to the side is more private, though not necessarily quieter in its designs. Picasso-esque sculptures line the space, and rich red-colored tiles line the floor.
Take a look at more photos of the food and space here. No prices yet, though the team says diners can theoretically spend less here than at its spendy upstairs siblings The Grill and The Pool. The Lobster Club opens tonight.