DIVIDE AND CONQUER
ONE OF NEW YORK CITY’S MOST ICONIC RESTAURANTS IS REINVENTED INTO A JAWDROPPING SPECTACLE FOR THE EYES AND PALATE.
The former Four Seasons Restaurant has been lavishly rebooted to capture its past luster and reinvigorate Manhattan’s luxury dining scene. Major Food Group— a New York-based restaurant group founded by Mario Carbone, Rich Torissi, and Jeff Zalaznick—has opened three unique venues in the space, with one more on the way (an as-of-yet-unnamed Japanese restaurant). “This is the greatest restaurant space of all time,” says Zalaznick, “and we’re doing everything we can to honor that.” Here’s a rundown of what to eat, drink, and see.
“The room is a total historical restoration,” says Zalaznick, who enlisted the expertise of architects and designers to recapture the legendary visuals. Chef/ partner Mario Carbone oversees a throwback menu inspired by steakhouse classics while captains in Tom Ford tuxedos serve up plenty of flourishes, including spit-roasted prime rib trolley service.
Two to taste: Carbone’s bold menu includes foie gras, grilled and accompanied by a Worcestershire green onion sauce and sweet pickled red pearl onions, and venison Cumberland, dressed with a huckleberry and walnut puree and served with his take on the classic port-inspired sauce. Two to toast: Beverage Director Thomas Waugh revisits the classics and offers his unique spin with variations like the Alaska, a classic gin martini that swaps yellow chartreuse for vermouth, and the Scarlett O’hara, prepared with Southern Comfort and housemade cranberry juice.