Recently Opened Restaurants
by Julie Besonen, 09/23/2015
Photo: Anthony Jackson
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100 E. 63rd St., 646-869-2300, Upper East Side, Manhattan
The unstoppable Michael White and his partner, Ahmass Fakahany, have switched trains for Vaucluse, its menu traveling through France instead of Italy. Their Altamarea Group portfolio includes Marea, Ai Fiori, Osteria Morini and Nicoletta, among others, but going Gallic this time out makes sense for White; haute cuisine is in his wheelhouse since he's cooked at Michelin-starred restaurants in France. The sprawling, polished Upper East Side restaurant is done in muted colors, with two dining rooms bookending a mezzanine-level bar and lounge. Executive chef Jared Gadbaw puts new spins on classics such as adding feta to escargots with garlic-parsley butter and embellishing Hudson Valley foie gras with hazelnut gatêau and strawberries. In addition to traditional dishes like sole meunière, roasted duck a l'orange and steak au poivre are rich pastas and even a burger, the beef dry aged and topped with fontina and shallot confit. The wine list is a trove of French and American labels, with plenty of choices for high rollers.