Local Hot Spot Opens in Manhattan

BY DON NICHOLS — Summer 2017

ine on classic French cuisine with Mediterranean influences at Majorelle on the lobby level of the Lowell Hotel in Manhattan. The 76-seat Upper East Side gourmet eatery has been packing in diners — especially power brokers — most every night since its March opening. Among the menu’s savory dishes: Ox Tail Braised in Red Burgundy Wine With Root Celery Purée, and Sole Goujonettes With Artichokes.

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;

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.

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