Local Hot Spot Opens in Manhattan
BY DON NICHOLS — Summer 2017
To launch the restaurant, the Lowell partnered with Charles Masson, a beloved local restaurateur who worked 40 years at his family’s popular and ultraswanky French restaurant, Le Grenouille, then briefly served as the restaurant director at the Baccarat Hotel & Residences, before moving to the Lowell in fall 2015. British architect Mark Pinney and designer Michael S. Smith created the striking interior, which features vaulted ceilings and marble columns complemented by etched glass. 28 E. 63rd St.; 212-838-1400; lowellhotel.com
ALSO AT THE LOWELL
Pinney and Smith just finished renovating the entire lobby, including the Club Room, a cozy bar and lounging area with handcrafted crown moldings, French Oak parquet flooring, and hand-painted paneling. In recent years, Smith also redid most of the intimate hotel’s 74 rooms, 33 of which have wood-burning fireplaces, a Manhattan rarity. From $960.