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Peek inside the revamped Four Seasons Restaurant, now The Grill

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Here’s what the midcentury icon looks like post-transformation

The Grill
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It’s been just about a month since the debut of The Grill, which opened in the space once occupied by the Four Seasons Restaurant. In the weeks since it opened, plenty of people have visited the space to take in what our pals at Eater NY call “Manhattan’s most luxe time machine.”

Because the interiors of the restaurant, located on the ground floor of the iconic Seagram Building, were landmarked in 2015, much of what was there in 1959 remains; Richard Lippold’s sculptures, the chain-mail window coverings, and the pool are all still there. But much of what gave the room its character—including the furnishings, from modernist masters like Eero Saarinen and Seagram architect Mies van der Rohe—was auctioned off last year, allowing the guys at Major Food Group (which now runs the space) to add their own style.

But what does it actually look like? To find out (and because we’re not likely to pay $150/head for a meal there any time soon), we took to Instagram to see what people having been ‘gramming from inside—take a peek below.

The new space pays homage to what came before with a large image of architect Philip Johnson, who designed the modernist interiors of the original Four Seasons.

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Richard Lippold’s brass sculpture, installed in the bar when the restaurant first opened in 1959, remains in place, though it’s gotten a bit of a polishing.

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But Eero Saarinen’s iconic Tulip chairs are gone from the women’s bathroom, replaced by classy leather seats in what appears to be a shade of millennial pink.

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Noted modern art aficionado (unless it’s a Picasso tapestry, that is) Aby Rosen owns the Seagram Building and hired Major Food Group to transform the restaurant into the Grill. Naturally, there’s artwork—possibly from his personal collection; that Calder sure looks familiar—throughout the revamped space:

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Including a Lee Krasner in the dining room:

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Like the Four Seasons, there are subtle signs with the restaurant’s new branding throughout the space.

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But even if some of the particulars of the decor—and, obviously, the food—have changed, the room itself has remained much the same.

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The Grill May Be Manhattan’s Most Luxe Time Machine [Eater NY]

The Four Seasons Restaurant

280 Park Ave., New York, NY 10017 212 754 9494