NY TIMES The Pool, a Seafood Restaurant in the Former Four Seasons, to Open July 19

The second new restaurant planned for the former Four Seasons space in the Seagram Building is set to open on July 19 in what was the landmark Pool Room.

The restaurant, the Pool, will fill the generous, soaring space designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson with a square white marble pool as its centerpiece.

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NY TIMES The Four Seasons Space Gets a New, Younger Face

A bastion of ritualized, old-guard dining in New York City is about to be taken over by three brash young men who were born decades after it opened.

The space that houses the Four Seasons, a restaurant on East 52nd Street that has symbolized Manhattan power and elegance for more than half a century, is set next year to become a stage for the creative cooking and stylized showmanship of the men behind scene-making downtown restaurants like Carbone, Santina and Dirty French.

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NY TIMES Bite by Bite, They’re Replacing the Four Seasons

In a test kitchen in NoLIta, the windows obscured with paper, a group of men sat at a cluttered table, carving steaks and wrangling over the future of one of New York’s most famous dining spaces.

“I like the ’60s vibe of the green olive cross-section,” one man said, chewing a bit of goose and duck terrine filled with foie gras. “But is it too much pork fat?” another asked.

At least once a week for over a year, the partners in Major Food Group have met to tinker with the food they will serve at their next project, the Landmark Rooms at the Seagram Building — formerly known as the Four Seasons.

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GRUB STREET What Have They Done to the Four Seasons?

The guys behind Carbone want to turn the place that invented the power lunch into an actual food destination.

A few weeks ago, in an empty dining room of what used to be The Four Seasons restaurant, Jeff Zalaznick arrived late to a meeting with his business partners, the chefs Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi. He was winded and his cheeks flushed beneath his beard. Normally, his attire consists of open-collared shirts, limited-edition Nikes, and drawstring pants. But today, he wore a blue Tom Ford suit.

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