Le Jardinier – A Luxury Dining Experience In New York by Joseph Dirand
A new luxury restaurant, designed by Parisian architect and AD100 member Joseph Dirand, offers busy New Yorkers a luxury dining experiencefrom the city’s concrete jungle. Le Jardinier is the latest culinary venture by Alain Verzeroli, a Michelin-star chef who earned his stripes in the kitchen of Joël Robuchon.
The modern restaurant’s interior design deftly takes its cue from the vegetable-focused menu, with a green-hued material palette and an abundance of plants—calling to mind the interior landscaped gardens of Kevin Roche’s nearby Ford Foundation.
“The surrounding area is very urban, with few trees, lots of cars, and big office buildings, so we wanted to try to create this kind of escape, and bring in that garden feeling,” Dirand tells AD PRO.
The luxury restaurant is located on the ground floor of Norman Foster’s slim residential tower on 53rd Street. “The inspiration of [Foster’s building] is a little bit of American Art Deco but retranslated—with this kind of fold which you see a lot in the 1930s,” says Dirand. “So we play with this shape.” The result is a sequence of angled louvers on the restaurant’s periphery that riff off the building’s gently undulating glass curtain wall. “It is even more exaggerated in the façade, but it’s still the same language,” he says.
With an impressive portfolio of projects, Joseph Dirand is known for his attention to detail, bringing in specialized French artisans to produce many of the architectural elements like the contemporary restaurant’s corrugated marble bar. “We pushed the level in terms of craftsmanship to its highest,” says Dirand.
Chef Verzeroli decided on luxury tableware and settings in keeping with the tone of the menu, and which had a logical link with the interior design with glassware from Ferm Living, plates by Japanese company Nikko, and silverware from Mepra.
And he intends for the dining experience to be a departure from that of a more formal finedining experience. “I really wanted to have a new approach to the experience—I wanted something simple but still luxurious,” says Verzeroli. “It’s not a trend; people need this.”
“We try to offer guests the complete hospitality experience – from food to service, and atmosphere, we want Le Jardinier to feel like a tranquil escape in the heart of Midtown.” ― Chef Alain Verzeroli
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