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Cello Opens on New York's Upper East Side

James Molesworth
Posted: July 17, 1999

New York has a new restaurant that may prove interesting for wine lovers. Jacques Le Magueresse, formerly of New Yorks Le Bernardin, has teamed up with executive chef Laurent Tourondel, who has done stints at Frances Troisgros and Las Vegas Palace Court, to open Cello on Manhattans Upper East Side.

The restaurant is housed in a recently restored turn-of-the-century brownstone, with a 65-seat main dining room in the basement level, additional seating in the garden area and a private function room. Tourondel prepares modern French cuisine, with an emphasis on seafood. Three different prix fixe menus are offered for dinner: a $62 seasonal menu, a $74 lobster menu and a $90 caviar-tasting menu. The lunch menus are $32 and $38.

Tourondels cuisine is matched to a wine list featuring 200 selections, with an emphasis on Champagne and whites. Sommelier Gillian Ballance, formerly of Windows on the World in New York, handles the wine program. The list features 25 wines by the glass, providing plenty of flexibility for diners.

53 E. 77th St.
New York, N.Y. 10021
Telephone: (212) 517-1200
Open: Lunch, Monday to Friday; dinner, Monday to Saturday

To learn more about Laurent Tourondel:

  • May 31, 1997
    Viva Las Vegas

    For news of other recent additions to New Yorks dining scene:

  • June 14, 1999
    Former Rainbow Room Chef Opens New Manhattan Restaurant

  • April 23, 1999
    Palladin Opens in New York

  • February 28, 1999
    New York Restaurant Offers Unique Wine List

    For more on New York restaurants, check our Librarys Article Archives for features from our April 15, 1998, New York issue, which includes The Big Appetite,A New Flame and Above and Beyond.

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