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Daniel Boulud’s Massive Midtown Seafood Restaurant Le Pavillon Opens May 19

Plus, the now-closed British restaurant the Fat Radish will be replaced by a new Mexican establishment — and more intel

The exterior of the seafood restaurant Le Pavillon as seen through a chain link fence
Daniel Boulud’s extravagant Midtown seafood spot Le Pavillon is opening May 19
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Daniel Boulud’s One Vanderbilt restaurant is opening next month

New details are out on chef and restaurateur Daniel Boulud’s upcoming seafood restaurant Le Pavillon, at One Vanderbilt, the Midtown skyscraper adjacent to Grand Central Terminal. The 11,000-square-foot establishment, at the corner of East 42nd Street and Vanderbilt Avenue, will open on May 19, and begin taking reservations on May 1.

Boulud’s restaurant group, Dinex, also made several staffing announcements along with the update on Le Pavillon. Jean François Bruel will serve as corporate chef at both Daniel and Le Pavillon. Michael Balboni and Will Nacev, currently the executive chefs at Db Bistro Moderne and Daniel, respectively, will be co-executive chefs at Le Pavillon. Sébastien Rouxel will take on the mantel of corporate pastry chef and Nancy Schumann will serve as the director of the restaurant.

The seafood establishment, a nod to the famous French restaurant in New York City that closed in the 1970s, has the ability to seat 130 diners, though current restrictions will require the restaurant to operate at half capacity indoors — unless restrictions change by the time of its opening next month. The restaurant doesn’t have any outdoor seating.

In other news

— Longtime Lower East Side restaurant the Fat Radish, a trendy hangout with British influences which closed after a decade-long run last August, will be replaced by a Mexican restaurant called Mictlan Mexico.

New York magazine has launched a new program called Cookie Edit in partnership with nonprofit NY Forever. Editors at the magazine will choose different cookies from bakeries across the city. Orders for $50 cookie boxes open today and all proceeds from sales go to the restaurant industry relief group ROAR.

— Cold pressed juices and smoothie company Pure Green is opening a location at the Greenpoint waterfront mega development Greenpoint Landing this summer, a spokesperson for the developer behind the project tells Eater.

— Adà Supper Club, the group highlighting Black voices in the restaurant industry, is spotlighting chef Adjoa Kittoe and her modern West African cooking through a weekend pop-up on April 10 and 11.

— The energy we need to start this week:

Le Pavillon

One Vanderbilt Avenue, Manhattan, NY 10017 (212) 662-1000 Visit Website