Manhattan is obviously no stranger to some of the best design and best cuisine on the planet. Now comes two new entries to New York City’s roster of impeccably designed gastronomic delights: and Bar Shun, helmed by Michelin-starred chef Alain Verzeroli and designed by the acclaimed French architect Joseph Dirand.
Located above Le Jardinier (also designed by Dirand) on Lexington Avenue in Midtown, the contemporary French-Japanese restaurant emphasizes seasonal cuisine—in fact, shun translates as the Japanese culinary concept of celebrating food at the peak of its flavor. Though the menu does change with each season, staple dishes include scallops crudo, lemongrass lobster, and duck à la orange.
For the interiors, Dirand took his cues from the menu: Chairs and sofas are upholstered in a rich green velvet, while geometric black lacquer tables bring to mind elements of classical Japanese design. The dining room was also designed with an open kitchen, which, as Dirand notes, only serves to enhance the overall culinary experience.
Bar Shun, a separate space next to the restaurant, embodies an Art Deco-inspired respite from the hustle and bustle of Midtown, featuring tall mirrors, silver accents, and softly rounded corners (think: masculine elegance in the vein of James Bond). For both the restaurant and bar, Dirand sought to create a new classic, which he describes as “an oasis in the middle of an urban environment.” And Shun is indeed just that—a welcome escape from the urban jungle and a bona fide culinary journey all rolled into one.