Higher East Siders haven’t given Vaucluse, the high-end French restaurant off Park Avenue, as a lot love as proprietor Ahmass Fakahany and his chef-partner Michael White had hoped for. Now they’re hoping downtowners will.
Roughly half of the restaurant has been taken over by downtown membership proprietor and scene-maker Omar Hernandez and re-christened as Omar at Vaucluse. The menu is less complicated, the lighting dimmer.
“I’ve wished to be uptown for the longest time,” Hernandez advised The Put up on Saturday evening as adoring visitors across the room known as out, “Omar! Omar!” He sported a mix-and-match tuxedo punctuated by an enormous black bow tie that seemed vintage, however was new and “reimagined by Gucci,” he mentioned, with fun.
Fortunately, a barely youthful crowd and the presence of a slow-turning disco ball hasn’t turned Vaucluse into the uptown equal of the raucous Meatpacking boite Bagatelle.
There’s no dancing. A tall candle on every desk throws sufficient gentle to allow you to see your meals with no flash. The common age of the group appears to be simply shy of 40, they usually’re there for mature socializing, not Instagramming.
The menu by White and collaborating Altamarea chef Arthur Lee is a stripped-down, extra eclectic version of the one in Vaucluse’s different absolutely French eating room.
New dishes — resembling vitello tonnato and deeply spiced rooster tagine — present White’s simple manner with flavors of every kind. Comforting cacio e pepe pasta, a favourite from the Vaucluse menu, additionally makes an look. White’s famously juicy, aged-beef cheeseburger for simply $27 helps offset the price of different entrees priced from $30 to $67.
The waitress mentioned there have been typically “surprises through the evening,” resembling impromptu singing performances by Omar’s pals. That didn’t occur once I visited, however, in keeping with Web page Six, Spike Lee was there celebrating Harry Belafonte’s 91st birthday, quickly after Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece, and Stephen and Christine Schwarzman dropped in for tastings.
Let the Park Avenue social gathering roll.