After previews with a visit from rapper Nas, a hip-hop music video worthy champagne pyramid, and a giant oyster-shaped ice sculpture, Major Food Group is finally ready to unveil the first step in their decadent revamp of the historic Four Seasons restaurant: The Grill.
The midcentury-inspired American chophouse manned by chef Mario Carbone opens to the public for dinner tonight in the Seagram Building, one of three restaurants that Carbone, Rich Torrisi, and Jeff Zalaznick will be operating in the property. MFG is a popular but love-em-or-hate-em kind of restaurant group, and since they’re taking over one of the most legendary restaurant spaces in New York City dining history, this debut will likely be the most scrutinized opening of the year.
They’ve already promised a slew of theatrical flourishes to the upscale restaurant, like a $10,000 service trolleys and dishes finished tableside. (Expect to see more visuals about the latter on Eater soon.) The landmarked space, too, will have some lush additions, like “oxblood carpet” and “plush Burgundy banquettes” on the balcony with a view of the dining room. Zalaznick has previously said he expects check averages to be $150 per person.
Food-wise, The Grill will serve old-school dishes like mock turtle soup, prime rib, and dover sole, while a buffet portion will be flush with cold options like pickled sardines and oysters. It won’t be open for lunch for a bit, so those gauging for power lunch potential will have to wait. Check out the full menu below.
Reservations have already been live for more than a week now, so stay tuned — more juice and initial reactions will likely slide out in the coming weeks.