He’s probably this country’s most consistent celebrity chef. From Pollen Street Social to (most recently) City Social, Jason Atherton’s restaurants are always a safe bet for “flavour popping” cuisine and “incredibly attentive” service, as far as our 2015 survey reporters are concerned.
Today (13 May) the chef-turned-restaurateur steps across the Pond opening his first restaurant in New York at the EDITION hotel on Madison Avenue – housed within the iconic Metropolitan Life building which has been transformed by hotelier Ian Schrager and Marriott.
The Clocktower, located on the second floor of the building (and not actually in the clock tower as we had hoped judging by the name!), has three dining rooms, a billiards room and bar. Adding to the New York club vibe is the original mahogany wainscotting and herringbone oak floors.
No menu details as yet be we’re told dishes will feature twists on traditional British fare and updated takes on the classics. There’s a 300 bottle wine list and extensive cocktail menu too.
The Clocktower is a joint project with restaurateur Stephen Starr, who owns high-end Japanese Morimoto in West Chelsea and the jaw dropping (if cavernous) Chinese Buddakan in Chelsea, NYC.
Atherton also opened a tapas and wine shop with counter and table service, Social Wine and Tapas in Marylebone in April, and plans to launch a Japanese restaurant Sosharu in Clerkenwell in June.