The Lowell Hotel in New York City will be very busy early in 2017: most notable will be the opening of a new restaurant, Majorelle, on March 7 – the birthday of Jacques Majorelle, for whom the restaurant is named.
Running the restaurant will be Charles Masson, known from La Grenouille. Masson, in addition to general manager Heiko Kuenstle, architect Mark Pinney, and designer Michael S. Smith brought the vision to life. In the kitchen will be a braisiere dedicated strictly to preparing broths, sauces, and soups, as well as an oven reserved only for soufflés. On the menu, guests can find fois gras with warm apple délice; chicken roasted with thyme and potato mousseline; baby vegetables, tarragon, turmeric, and laurel; and grilled shrimp on rosemary skewers with saffron rice.
Guests will enter Majorelle through Jacques, a bar with leather-paneled walls, an antique mirrored ceiling, and a marble bar. An intimate alcove fitted with a pressed velvet banquette allows for a private setting. Hand-crafted cocktails and Mediterranean and Moroccan finger food will be offered throughout the day here.
Majorelle will also have a year-round garden, fountains, and a fireplace. The restaurant and garden will connect to The Club Room, a lounge with a curated collection of art books, its own fireplace, and a dedicated bar. The handcrafted crown moldings, French Oak parquet flooring, hand-painted paneling, and its closure to the public (until 4 p.m.) give guests a refuge from city life; from 4 p.m. though midnight The Club Room functions as a public lounge.
Additional goings-on at The Lowell include:
- The Pembroke Room’s Valentine’s Day Tea, running February 1-28. Guests can sample Dammann Fréres’ Nuit a Versailles, a Sencha green tea topped with orange blossom and pink corn-flower petals and tuxedo chocolate-covered strawberries, as well as classic tea fare.
- Celebration of the Lunar Chinese New Year on January 29. The Lowell will offer two special drinks: a Lapsang Souchong tea and a Beijing Bellini. The smoky tea is best accompanied by a savory dish and the Bellini will have Royal Tea with Lychees and Prosecco (also available as a mocktail). These will be available from January 27-31.
- For New York Spring Fashion Week 2017 (February 9-17), The Lowell will be treating its VIP guests to special daily treats, including Valentine’s Day chocolates and rosé.