New York City is well-known for the wonderful treasures in the form of the experiences you can live on it. If you think that going to Times Square or walking on the Highline is the main thing in the city, you must understand that NYC is magical due to the potential that any corner has to be great. And this is just the perfect introduction for L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, a restaurant near Chelsea Market, that has earned two Michelin stars that are very well deserved. CovetED brings you one of the best restaurants ever tried by our team, try not to start mouth-watering, and enjoy.
First things first, the luxury world is all about the customer experience and L’Atelier doesn’t disappoint us at the entrance, where we were received with a wonderful concierge opening the doors to the hall. Arriving at the hall, you have a quick explanation of L’Atelier’s vision, mission and values, while your jackets or bags are well taken care of by the staff. The contemporary red chandelier is just the first small look into the modern luxury design feel that you will have inside.
While you’re being seated, you already understand that space works in two different ways: private dinings, for groups or business meetings, and the classic New York open table style. Well, you never forget your first meal and this was one of the stars of the night, just to start in the right mood. Zebra tomatoes, king crab and a crispy wasabi touch to bring it all together. Fresh, simple but great, proving that when it comes to food, less is more.
A tribute to those who put gnocchi at the top of all their premium choices, this plate perfectly showcases the versatility available at the french fusion cuisine served in L’Atelier. With the touch and soul of the house, you can still taste a pumpkin base on it with some white truffle shaving sand Mimolette tuile.
Lobster is always the queen and, for us, the best of the night, accompanied by a wonderful Domain Gilberto, Saumur, Loire, France 2018. The dish presents us with the soul of Joël Robuchon, classic premium ingredients done with creativity and identity. Lobster is presented in a consomé of purple artichoke, spring vegetables and anise hyssop broth. The unique way of preparing our queen brings us the ultimate experience of this protein.
Two meat plates were presented: duck with quince and chestnut “aigre-doux” and, our favourite one, the wonderful wagyu. The best meat cut in the world is served with season vegetables along with wild basil pesto. The famous mashed potatoes puré of Joël Robuchon is present in the two plates.
To end a perfect meal, a piece of art in the form of dessert, chocolate mousse, macerated cherries and chantilly. Classic French flavours with the best presentation of the night, proving the L’Atelier high cooking techniques. Joël Robuchon was the highest awarded chef in the world. Serving under his name is a major responsibility to any chef. With that being said, the best thing that we can say on L’Atelier is simple: Christophe Bellanca surely keeps the heritage from Joël Robuchon alive. Five out of five.
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