Joël Robuchon Confirms New Restaurant in New York

French chef Jo?l Robuchon poses on February 1, 2011 after a press conference of France's culinary college at the restaurant 58 at the Eiffel tower in Paris. Fifteen of French most famous chefs are calling for the support of the government to French cuisine facing competition with other countries helped in their promotion. AFP PHOTO BERTRAND LANGLOIS (Photo credit should read BERTRAND LANGLOIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Guess who's back? Joël's back. Photo: BERTRAND LANGLOIS/2011 AFP

Face it: Nothing's been the same since L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon closed down at the Four Seasons a year ago. Wielders of expense accounts have been bereft of foie-and-roasted-eel terrines, and it doesn't snow white truffles quite like it used to on East 57th Street — midtown has just been a little less French. If these words bring out your inner oui, chef, you'll no doubt be excited to hear that the esteemed French chef is once again planning to open in New York. Contrary to rumors, Robuchon tells Zagat he's not looking at the former La Mar Cebicheria Peruana, but rather a space at 47th Street and Fifth Avenue, to open his next L'Atelier. [Zagat, Earlier]