Aureole Offers a Taste of the Future | ZAGAT SURVEY

20090609_nyc_aureole1_courtesyAUREOLE | 135 West 42nd St, New York, 212 319 1660

[IN JUNE] WE JOINED chef-owner Charlie Palmer for a sneak peek at Aureole in its sleek new digs at One Bryant Park. Designed by longtime collaborator Adam D. Tihany, the airy interior boasts ample elbow room across three spaces: a front bar area where a small-plates menu will be offered, a more subdued room in the back for prix fixe meals and a high-ceilinged private-dining room. There’s also seasonal terrace seating on the pedestrian walkway that runs through the building.

While the new space sports a flashier look than its predecessor, Palmer asserts there won’t be drastic changes to the New American menu. “We’re not doing anything out of the ordinary – we’re doing what we believe in,” he says, emphasizing that, rather than aiming for a different clientele, he’s offering the existing base more options in an accessible location. “We are positioned perfectly. You can catch a quick bite at the bar before your show or have a full meal.”

As in the original location, wine will play an integral role. Over 1,000 vintages will be available, with 3,500 bottles on display in Lucite cubicles in the wine mezzanine that extends over the bar area. The balcony is made entirely of steel and glass, even its floor – “Ladies, watch your skirts,” Palmer jokes.


(Aureole Offers a Taste of the Future first appeared on 6/10/09. Photos by Amy Cao.)

September 9, 2009. Bryant Park, Manhattan, ZAGAT SURVEY.

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  1. Clare replied:

    Great blog! Thanks for the Twitter follow~

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