Michelin-Star Chef Daniel Boulud Debuts ‘Le Pavillon’ at One Vanderbilt in Midtown, Manhattan

[From Left to Right] Le Pavillon's Executive Chef Team Will Nacev, Daniel Boulud, and Michael Balboni - Photo by Thomas Schauer[From Left to Right] Le Pavillon's Executive Chef Team Will Nacev, Daniel Boulud, and Michael Balboni - Photo by Thomas Schauer

This week chef Daniel Boulud and SL Green celebrated the opening of Le Pavillon, an 11,000-square-foot culinary oasis at One Vanderbilt. The restaurant occupies the tower’s second floor at the corner of Vanderbilt Avenue and 42nd Street.

Designed by Brazilian architect and film director Isay Weinfeld alongside international design studio Kohn Pedersen Fox, the interior spaces offer lush greenery, live trees, and foliage throughout the entire dining room. The venue can accommodate 120 seated guests.

A custom hand-blown glass chandelier by American artist Andy Paiko is suspended above a seated bar area offering an additional 46 seats.

“New York City is driving recovery for all of us, bringing back our world-class restaurants, lifting up our sensational chefs, and supporting everyone involved in the dining industry,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Today’s announcement is about sending one message, loud and clear: Bon Appetit, New Yorkers!”

Le Pavillon's Custom Hand-Blown Glass Chandelier from Artist Andy Paiko - Photo by Thomas Schauer

Le Pavillon’s Custom Hand-Blown Glass Chandelier from Artist Andy Paiko – Photo by Thomas Schauer

“I can’t think of a more fitting moment to open Le Pavillon,” said chef Daniel Boulud. “Despite the many, many challenges that we have faced in the last year, our commitment to creating this dining destination never wavered, and in fact, we are more certain than ever that this celebration of cuisine, nature, and architecture is exactly what New Yorkers need right now. It is my sincere hope that this is an opportunity to celebrate New York City for all of us.”

The restaurant will serve rotating seasonal menus with a focus on locally grown vegetables and New England seafood with French-American posturing. Le Pavillon’s wine program will feature a 650 specially curated selections sourced to complement the seasonal menu.

“Le Pavillon is not only the most special and unique dining experience, it is now a symbol of New York City’s recovery,” said Marc Holliday, chairman and CEO of SL Green. “We have always felt a deep responsibility to create a restaurant worthy of this iconic location, overlooking Grand Central and within the now world-renowned One Vanderbilt. Given the year we’ve all had, we are truly honored to have had the opportunity to partner with chef Daniel to create something extraordinary that can give the entire city hope and energy.”

Le Pavillon' Main Dining Room - Photo by Thomas Schauer

Le Pavillon’ Main Dining Room – Photo by Thomas Schauer

Le Pavillon's Main Dining Room - Photo by Thomas Schauer

Le Pavillon’s Main Dining Room – Photo by Thomas Schauer

Le Pavillon's Outdoor Garden Table and Bar - Photo by Thomas Schauer

Le Pavillon’s Outdoor Garden Table and Bar – Photo by Thomas Schauer

Standing 1,401 feet tall, One Vanderbilt is the new headquarters for many of the world’s leading finance, banking, law, and real estate firms, and is approximately 90 percent leased. The 1.7 million-square-foot skyscraper offers an extensive package of amenities, innovative office design, technology offerings, best-in-class sustainability practices, and a prime location at the doorstep of Grand Central Terminal.

One Vanderbilt. Photo by Michael Young

One Vanderbilt. Photo by Michael Young

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7 Comments on "Michelin-Star Chef Daniel Boulud Debuts ‘Le Pavillon’ at One Vanderbilt in Midtown, Manhattan"

  1. It’s strange and weirdly deprecative to call it “French-American posturing” when Boulud is himself French. No posturing involved.

    • from the other “J”…..I think the reference was that the cuisine was posturing, not the chef…..bravo, nice environment to while away the wait for the 922 to Greenwich!

  2. David : Sent From Heaven. | May 20, 2021 at 9:30 am | Reply

    Above all, eating among trees in the building. There is a contrast between mankind and nature, very good views: Thanks.

  3. Can’t wait to have lunch there in my new office building’s “cafeteria”

  4. Re: The picture of the top of One Vanderbilt. That’s quite a camera that shoots a building in midtown Manhattan, and the background of landmarks in Flushing Meadow Park in the distance are clearly visible. Impressive.

  5. Amazing! One Vanderbilt just keeps getting better and better.

  6. Fruit trees would be better.

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