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11/08/23: A Legendary Bistro Gets a Makeover

The Paris restaurant where Eric Ripert trained is totally reimagined; an incredible array of jewels shine in New York; and The Grand Tourist toasts an incredible ceramic creation.

November 8, 2023 By THE GRAND TOURIST
The new La Tour d’Argent in Paris. Photo: Ambroise Tézenas

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The dining room at the redesigned La Tour d’Argent. Photo: Ambroise Tézenas

The Ultimate Parisian Eatery Gets a Lavish Makeover
Gastronomic observers will note that of all the legendary restaurants out there still standing, La Tour d’Argent is one of the best. Many chefs have passed through its storied halls, including our recent guest Eric Ripert, who got his start in the award-winning kitchen. Now the spot, located on the Seine since 1582, has undergone a total renovation by noted Paris architect Franklin Azzi. The new space includes a hotel, rooftop space, and a dining room featuring a ceiling of mirrored, triangular aluminum shards that reflects the light in the sixth-floor space, making the plush eatery glow like a lantern at night. Travelers take note: if you’re looking for something more casual, its sister restaurant, La Rotisserie d’Argent, is just next door.

“Garden of Green” at The American Museum of Natural History. Photo: Courtesy Van Cleef & Arpels

Van Cleef & Arpels Goes Green at The Museum of Natural History
We sent our contributor David Graver to one of the most treasured spots in New York, and indeed the nation: The American Museum of Natural History. But instead of gawking at its legendary collection of dinosaur bones, he visited something equally dazzling, “Garden of Green: Exquisite Jewelry from the Collection of Van Cleef & Arpels.” The show, open until March, features a one-of-a-kind display of masterworks of high jewelry in a single color, and many of the pieces are on view in the U.S. for the first time. Visit our site for the full story.

Staff at Yann Nury’s La Residence pours a glass of La Grande Dame 2015. Photo: Rebecca Smeyne

The Grand Tourist Raises a Glass to Craft
Last week, we joined Veuve Clicquot at the incredible SoHo loft, La Résidence—a palatial apartment owned by chef Yann Nury and designed by powerhouse tastemaker Charles Zana—to celebrate the creation of Le Bel Objet for La Grande Dame 2015. The ceramic vessel, made in the classic Clicquot golden yellow, is the latest collaboration between the historic maison and Italian ceramist Paola Paronetto. Of course, we invited a few tastemakers of our own from the design world as well, including Josh Greene, Nicole Fuller, Shawn Henderson, and dozens of others. Visit our site for all the details on this beautiful bit of design and an evening the guests won’t soon forget.

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