New York Post

Chinese dawn rising over infamous Limelight


The forthcomin­g Jue Lan Club has such a good pedigree that it has inked a deal to expand into five additional markets before it even opens its Manhattan flagship.

The Chinese eatery — the brainchild of Stratis Morfo gen, the founder and former owner of Philippe, with partners Robert Collins of Lure Fish Bar, and Richie Romero — is slated to open this winter in the Limelight, the former church that became an infamous nightclub at 49 W. 20th St.

But before it opens, the restaurant, named after a 1930s Chinese art society, has partnered with hotelier Vikram Chatwal to open five additional restaurant­s in the next two years, and five more locations after that.

The muchantici­pated flagship, which has conceived of what may be the first Chinese raw bar, has tapped executive chef Oscar Toro, the former execu tive souschef of Buddakan.

The space will include 275 seats over two floors, along with two dining rooms, an event space, a private dining room and an outdoor garden. It will also boast the “Gatien room,” named after former Limelight nightclub owner Peter Gatien.

The Manhattan location will be followed by openings in Dallas, Chicago, London, Doha and Dubai, said a rep for the restaurant.

Chatwal, who is behind the Dream Hotel, Night Hotel and Time Hotel, among others, plans on expanding the Jue Lan chain internatio­nally through the Dream brand.

A new steakhouse has just carved out a home in Sutton Place.

Four Cuts Steakhouse, from Christophe­r Miller — a Bobby Van’s Steakhouse veteran who has been known as “the steak whisperer” — has just opened at 1076 First Ave., between 58th and 59th streets.

Four Cuts is named after the four traditiona­l cuts of steak: the rib eye, the strip, the tenderloin and the tbone.

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