The crown jewel of the soon-to-open Moxy Hotel East Village made its debut last month. Cathédrale seats up to 300 guests between the restaurant’s main dining room, bar, outdoor terrace and private dining room is a collaboration between Lightstone Hotels and Tao Group Hospitality who will handle all of F&B at the downtown hotel.
Cathédrale, in Manhattan’s East Village, is a French-Mediterranean restaurant by Tao Group Hospitality Chef/Partner Ralph Scamardella, in collaboration with Executive Chef Jason Hall formerly of acclaimed restaurants like Gotham Bar & Grill, Anthos and Craft. Tao chef/partner Scamardella, worked with Hall on Legasea and helped spearhead popular upscale Greek restaurant Avra Madison Estiatorio.
Dishes here are inspired by cuisine in Nice, Provence, and St. Tropez, Hall says. There will be a take on the large colorful crudité plate at famed club Cinquante Cinq in St. Tropez, as well as snapper made with a Provencal sauce, rotisserie chicken chasseur-style, roasted calamari, and chickpea crepes. Custom spices, oils, and vinegars come via a collaboration with East Village emporium SOS Chef.
“Classic French has had such a moment in New York with Le Coucou, Frenchette, Lafayette, and Pastis, and we love that trend in food but wanted to lighten it up,” Hall noted. The menu brings elemental, ingredient-driven cooking to the forefront, evoking the grandeur of the past while remaining contemporary in its execution. Signature dishes include starters such as Oyster Mushroom Brochette with Mache Salad and Basil Pistou, and Hamachi Crudo with Green Apple and Black Olive Oil. Main courses include Bouillabaisse ‘Tetou’ with Saffron Potatoes and Red-Pepper Rouille; Roasted Lobster with Wild Oregano, Lemon, and Parsley Butter; and 30-Day Dry-Aged Ribeye Steak au Poivre.
The decor is a homage to the East Village, with posters from the legendary performance space Filmore East and neon signs with the names of former nightclubs from the area. Designed by the Rockwell Group, Cathédrale has a main dining room with soaring ceilings and a sculpture of rose gold birds by Italian artist Edoardo Tresoldi; a patio area with a retractable roof and lots of greenery; and a third area with a large black marble bar and an open kitchen displaying copper pots, a hearth oven, and rotisserie.
Focus and fun will be felt in equal measure— Cathédrale’s open kitchen is outfitted with copper accents designed to draw guests in, while the dramatic environment and show-stopping main dining room supports the decadence and raw creativity of both the menu and the East Village’s rich history and character.
An outdoor dining terrace with a retractable roof evokes the townhouse-style dining patios of the neighborhood, and an adjacent private dining room is available for intimate events.
Next up, Tao Group Hospitality debuted Little Sister, a new lounge adjacent to Moxy East Village, open last month with legendary doorman Wass Stevens at the ropes.
The TAO Group is considered to be a leading restaurant and nightlife company that develops, owns and operates many of the most successful food and beverage facilities in the United States. The TAO Group partners include principles Marc Packer, Richard Wolf, Noah Tepperberg, Jason Strauss, as well as managing partners Paul Goldstein, Bill Bonbrest, Ralph Scamardella, Kim Kurlanchik Russen, Louis Abin, Andrew Goldberg and Rich Thomas. Collectively the 11 native New Yorkers are the creators of TAO Asian Bistro, Nightclub & Beach and LAVO Italian Restaurant & Nightclub.
Both TAO & LAVO have locations in Las Vegas (Venetian & Palazzo Resorts) and in New York City (58th Street between Park & Madison Avenues). Together, the group has also opened The Stanton Social (2005), Avenue (2009), and Beauty & Essex (2010), in New York City; they also operate all food and beverage outlets at Dream Downtown (2011), including PH-D Rooftop, Electric Room, Marble Lane Steak Joint + Bar and Melvin’s Juice Box, a partnership with Melvin Major Jr. As the owners of Marquee New York, which was re-launched in 2013 after a decade of success, the group opened Marquee Las Vegas, followed by its first property outside of the United States, Marquee – The Star, Sydney, Australia, in March 2012, as a joint venture with The Star’s parent company, Echo Entertainment. In November 2012, TAO Group partnered with Chef Laurent Tourondel to open Arlington Club on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. This October, TAO Group unveiled the next iteration of the iconic TAO brand with the opening of TAO Downtown, beneath New York City’s Maritime Hotel. Learn more at their website.