George Mendes Finally Finds a Space for His Solo Restaurant

George Mendes now cooks at Wallsé.
George Mendes now cooks at Wallsé.

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, Wallsé, and Tocqueville plans a September opening. Morimoto and Buddakan architect Stephanie Goto will design the space around Mendes’s 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 don’t even think of calling him a molecular gastronomist — but he’s 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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