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!”
“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.”
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.