I was so pleased to hear that restaurateur Charles Masson would take the helm of Majorelle, the new restaurant in the Upper East Side’s Lowell Hotel. My first visit last week didn’t disappoint. The restaurant’s garden and airy interiors by Michael Smith put everyone in the mood for spring. It’s named after Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech, created by the French painter Jacques Majorelle and famously bought by Yves Saint Laurent in 1980.
I have such lovely memories of Charles and the exquisite floral displays during his time at La Grenouille, a regular venue for my family’s celebrations. I have a feeling that Majorelle will play a similar role—I’m already looking forward to sampling Chef Mario Fortuna’s Moroccan-influenced French menu on my next visit.