New French restaurant to launch at The Lowell, New York

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The Lowell, New York is unveiling its new restaurant, Majorelle, at the end of 2016. The new restaurant will complete The Lowell’s total refurbishment and will also include the launch of the new bar Jacques and lobby, which has been extended and redesigned.

Majorelle, launching this December, is the brainchild of Charles Masson, one of the most respected restaurateurs in the US, and Chef Christian Delouvrier, the legendary epicurean. Named after Jacques Majorelle, creator of Yves Saint Laurent’s iconic gardens in Marrakech, Majorelle features a new garden, which breathes life and light into the restaurant as well as the new Bar and Club Room. The iconic Majorelle blue and vibrant yellows, exotic plants, palm fronds, orchids, fruit trees and illuminated fountains create a unique oasis for indoor-outdoor entertainment within bustling New York city.

Following 40 years of service at La Grenouille, celebrated restaurateur Charles Masson brings a lifetime of experience to the restaurant. For Charles, dining goes beyond great food; everything from the lighting and fabrics to the bouquets of flowers are paramount in creating an unforgettable experience for his guests.

Together with highly-acclaimed Chef Christian Delouvrier, they have crafted a menu of French classics with Mediterranean influences from the Riviera to Morocco. Dishes include the likes of foie gras with warm apple sauce, veal sweetbreads, mâche salad and truffles, tagine of baby vegetables with midi herbs and grilled prawns on rosemary skewers with saffron rice.

The finest seasonal ingredients and wine pairings will change in tempo with the flowering botanical oasis in the Garden, complete with a fireplace, fountain and large glass skylight to create a year-round indoor/outdoor dining experience. Charles’ passion for flowers and gardening will be reflected with lush flora throughout the interiors and outdoor garden terrace. Guests will enjoy light lunches and relaxing dinners in an airy classical dining room filled with sunlight, laughter and clinking glasses of champagne.

Along with hotel owners and General Manager Heiko Kuenstle, Masson and Delouvrier have been working with architect Mark Pinney and designer Michael S. Smith (who has been consulting on the White House interiors since 2008) to bring their vision of a welcoming maison where guests are always made to feel at home to life. The restaurant is framed by Botacino and Carerra marble columns, and features a custom patterned gray and ivory marble floor, vaulted wood arched ceilings, and deep blue hues of silk velvet on the chairs and banquettes.

Majorelle is joined by new Jacques Bar and a Club Room. Jacques Bar, named after the garden’s original owner and designer Jacques Majorelle, is an intimate space with Féaut French Oak wood panelling, antiqued mirror ceiling, and marble bar. Expertly-crafted cocktails such as the Bleu de Majorelle will be served alongside Mediterranean and Moroccan finger foods like corbeille de crudités and tartine à l’aubergine au cumin et tomate sèchée. The Club Room acts as a sophisticated city hideaway, the perfect place for guests to relax and entertain. It offers a library of art books, a dedicated bar and is complete with French oak parquet flooring, hand-painted panelling, a cosy fireplace and hand-crafted crown mouldings.

Established as a luxury hotel since 1927 and privately owned, The Lowell remains one of the few properties where guests feel the welcome of home every time they check in. The beautiful landmark hotel on East 63rd Street, between Madison and Park Avenues, is a short stroll from New York City’s best shopping and just a block away from Central Park.

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