George Mendes Finally Finds a Space for His Solo Restaurant

George Mendes

George Mendes now cooks at Walls.Photo: Patrick McMullan

After more than eighteen months of searching, George Mendes has found the perfect spot for his still-unnamed new restaurant: 31 West 17th Street. The veteran of Bouley, Walls, and Tocqueville plans a September opening. Morimoto and Buddakan architect Stephanie Goto will design the space around Mendess menu: Mediterranean food based on my heritage from the Iberian Peninsula: the food of Portugal, Spain, and France, he says. Mendes avoids the progressive label and dont even think of calling him a molecular gastronomist but hes a fair hand with immersion circulators, syringes, and other tools of the 21st-century kitchen. Expect original food, at the very least.

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