Now Open: John Fraser x The Times Square EDITION
701 7th Avenue (at 47th Street)
212.398.7017 | @timessquareedition
Now open at The Times Square EDITION, Michelin-starred chef and restaurateur John Fraser's four distinct food and beverage experiences offer guests creative fare, lush outdoor settings and sweeping views of the city.
At Fraser’s signature fine-dining restaurant, elements of dinner theater — from table-side preparations to a Champagne trolley to a cheese & Calvados cart — enhance guests’ experience. The three-course prix-fixe menu complements the restaurant’s extensive, Old World wine list curated by wine director Amy Racine. The service staff of exclusively certified sommeliers expertly guide guests through the 500+ bottle list to pair with courses like Rotisserie Guinea Hen served in two acts, Hokkaido Sea Urchin Risotto presented in its own shell, Baked Sweet Potato in Seaweed Bread, Octopus Carpaccio, Wagyu Beef with black garlic jam and pastry chef Sebastien Rouxel's whimsical desserts. Evocative cocktails crafted by bar director Salvatore Tafuri such as Tokyo Gibson with gin, dry vermouth and blueberry-sesame shrub are served in both the main dining room and the restaurant’s signature bar. The jewel-box setting, accented by electric blue and chartreuse velvet banquettes and amber mahogany wood paneling, opens onto an outdoor terrace that captures the energy of Times Square eleven stories below.
At this modern, all-day New York brasserie, Fraser brings his fresh approach to classic French brasseries and American chophouses. Signature dishes such as Mushroom Carpaccio, vegan Carrot Bolognese and a menu section dedicated to heirloom lettuces reflect his vegetable-centric leanings, and are served alongside a rotating selection of roasted meats, seafood and updates on staples such as a Billboard Burger with bacon-mushroom marmalade and Rye Fried Chicken. Chocolate Soufflé for Two, topped with Grand Marnier ice cream at the table, is the star of Rouxel’s pastry program. The drink list features nearly a dozen cocktails named after classic Broadway shows and a New World bottle list featuring sustainable producers. The Outdoor Gardens allow guests to dine perched above Times Square in a multi-level garden in the sky, evoking memories of the L’Orangerie at Jardin des Tuileries in Paris with a lush setting of trees, plants and ivy designed by landscape architect Madison Cox.
This dynamic nightlife and dining experience combines Fraser’s innovative food with performances by Brooklyn-born House of Yes. Fraser’s satisfying yet luxurious multi-course feast, a mystery to guests before they arrive, is paired with the adventurous and provocative cabaret's contemporary spin on William Blake’s “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell” for an all-consuming, multi-sensory culinary adventure. Dishes such as Sweet Corn and Truffle Lingerie and Wagyu Hot Rock, intended to be enjoyed in just a few bites, are served alongside large-format cocktails and a roving Manhattan trolley with desserts offering a moment of decadence at intermission. Illuminated scenes on the walls, painted by Diego Castaño and Chandler None of En Viu, evoke a whimsical world of life’s indulgences, surrounding guests seated in dark leather booths.
The 10th floor cocktail lounge features an unfussy and elegant approach to bar fare by Fraser including snacks like Jonah Crab Guacamole with yuzu and Fresno chile, house-made croissant sandwiches and a variety of skewers. Cocktails including low-ABV spritzes and a selection of exclusively domestic wines, many from New York state, can be sipped against unparalleled views of Times Square from several outdoor terraces. The white onyx bar is illuminated with a collection of antique crystal decanters with varying patterns, soft pink hues and geometric designs. White accent furniture including custom bleached-leather armchairs and ivory hand-tufted silk area rugs offer luxurious respite from the bustling scene outside.