The partners behind famously exclusive French restaurant Le Bilboquet are opening yet another restaurant on the Upper East Side — and they promise it will be more like the tiny, original location of their famed restaurant.
Billionaire mogul Ronald Perelman and restaurateur Philippe Delgrange start serving friends and family tonight at Fleming, a 50-seat restaurant at 27 East 62nd St. between Madison Park Avenues. Named for the school that occupied the space decades ago, the restaurant is invite-only for now, with an eye toward an early fall opening to the public.
Fleming will serve many of the same dishes as the mothership two blocks south, plus some new Provencal-style offerings.
The original Bilboquet, which was located on East 63rd Street, was a legendary social gathering spot of only 30 seats that closed in 2012 after 27 years. It reopened in 2013, but the new space was much larger, with 100 seats. Still, big names like Bill Gates, Bill Clinton, Martha Stewart, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Hugh Jackman visited, and it’s remained part of Upper East Side society.
But Fleming is built to be more like the original version, with more limited seating. “It will be more like the old Bilboquet, small and exclusive,’’ says a rep for the restaurant.