Two Midtown restaurants that legendary late chef Joël Robuchon was working on before his August death will still come to life next year, thanks to longtime colleague chef Alain Verzeroli.
Robuchon — the most Michelin-decorated chef in history — died in August, leaving behind a vast network of 29 restaurants all over the world, as well as unfinished plans to open a two-story venue within the Midtown East luxury condo at 100 East 53rd St. near Lexington Avenue. Verzeroli, who worked for Robuchon at his three-Michelin starred restaurant in Tokyo for nearly two decades, is now propelling that last plan forward, the Post reports.
Verzeroli aims to open a French Japanese restaurant and a separate vegetable-heavy venue within the high-end residential tower, developed by Aby Rosen, the guy who also owns the building that the Grill, the Pool, and the Lobster Club are in. Both restaurants will seat up to 75 people, with the vegetable-focused restaurant located in the downstairs portion of the space, according to the Post.
They are expected to debut in March 2019. It’s not yet clear if they will be under the Robuchon restaurant group; Eater has reached out for more information.
The state of Robuchon’s restaurant group has been up in the air since his death. But it’s business as usual at his one-year-old Chelsea L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon reboot, where executive chef Christophe Bellanca is paying tribute to the late chef with a $230 tasting menu of Robuchon classics, such as caramelized quail stuffed with foie gras and the famous butter-heavy pommes purée.