Prandial Getting Closer to Opening, Names Chef

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A rendering of the dining room. Photo: Prandial

Partner Mark Stern is getting ever-closer to finally opening Prandial in the former Justin's space at 31 West 21st Street. In fact, the restaurant has found its chef: Pierre Rougey, a former instructor at the French Culinary Institute and once the chef at Emerson's in Babylon. "Both Pierre and I feel that classic French techniques are used to prepare great food of all nationalities," Stern says, noting that the menu will be "progressive American." That means you'll find dishes like avocado-crab salad with grapefruit and watercress; oxtail-and-dumpling soup; and wild striped bass with fingerlings, oyster mushrooms, Thai basil, and English pea coulis. Right now the team is aiming to open the second week of June.

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