the very first time that i experienced L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, on rue de montalembert, was in 2003. Joël Robuchon, had just opened this venue in paris, and it was a very innovative dining concept. it combined french, japanese, mediterranean and spanish cuisine in an open kitchen with counter seating. i knew then, that this was simply the most special and innovative concept in fine dining of the new millenium. it broke away from the traditional and stuffy but retained elegance and purity in ambience, cuisine, and service. i did expect Joël Robuchon (as surely many others did) to open a venue in new york city, so i was thrilled when in 2006, L‘Atelier de Joël Robuchon Restaurant opened in myluvFAB Four Seasons hotel in manhattan. Yosuke Suga was the executive chef and he rocked. when in the city, it became an anticipated ritual to sit at the bar and delight the senses with this varied and perfectly executed cuisine. Yosuke Suga became a dear friend, and many others as well who sat at the counter and enjoyed this exquisite cuisine. when Yosuke Suga moved to the taipei branch of l’atelier in 2009, he was missed. but Joël Robuchon nurtures much talent and gives them a light by situating them where they can shine. Xavier Boyer, became the next executive chef at l’atelier, and much appreciated. to much surprise, at the end of 2011, Xavier Boyer departed and Christophe Bellanca, was named executive chef by the start of 2012. the talented Christophe Bellanca, though, had a very short tenure as executive chef because L’Atelier De Joel Robuchon closed this past june, having received 2 michelin stars. through the many changes, l’atelier remained a luvFAB venue, in which so many memories were shared. Le monde de Joël Robuchon is vast, with the many l’ateliers around the world, you may still enjoy this wonderful dinning experience for thebestdressup now! but since the closing, i find that the culinary sky shines less bright in manhattan. returning to new york city last week; the sky appeared a bit dim. Joël Robuchon, do bring back the missing stars to the city!
l’atelier de joel robuchon in new york city before it closed.