Mandarin Oriental, New York and Chicago-based co-owners Chef Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas of the widely-acclaimed Alinea Group are delighted to announce the opening of The Aviary NYC in summer 2017. The concept is Chef Achatz and Kokonas’ inaugural hotel partnership and first location outside of Chicago.
Following the success of the award-winning Aviary in Chicago, The Aviary NYC will deliver a distinctive culinary approach to cocktails and service. Guests will enjoy an interactive experience, featuring an open kitchen where inventive cocktails and small food plates that complement the drink experience, will be masterminded by chefs and bartenders.
The Aviary NYC will reflect the core principles of the Chicago flagship while taking inspiration from the historically-rich cocktail culture of New York City. Set on the 35th floor of Mandarin Oriental, New York, The Aviary NYC will comprise 90 seats and feature sweeping views of Central Park and the New York City skyline. An adjacent space, The Office, will provide a speakeasy-style cloistered and more private environment, with 40 seats. This will feature a world-class rare spirits collection, classic cocktails, and an entirely different food menu from that offered at The Aviary.
Tihany Design is leading the design concept for both spaces.
“Given our location in the heart of one of the world’s premier culinary destinations, it is extremely exciting to collaborate with these talented restaurateurs and introduce The Aviary concept to Mandarin Oriental, New York,” said Susanne Hatje, General Manager.
“The opening of The Aviary NYC and the innovative creations curated by both Chef Achatz and Mr. Kokonas will elevate our commitment to providing guests with exceptional and unforgettable culinary experiences and will further position both our hotel and the Mandarin Oriental brand as leaders in the world of gastronomy.”
“There are only a handful of iconic spaces like this in the world,” said Nick Kokonas, co-owner of The Alinea Group. “We feel a profound responsibility to design the space, the kitchens, and the menus to reflect not only our desire to exceed our guests’ expectations, but also to honor the rich legacy of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and the New York restaurant and hospitality community.”
The Aviary NYC joins the Alinea Group of restaurants including: Alinea, Next and Roister. The Aviary NYC at Mandarin Oriental, New York will open summer 2017.