Philippe Starck is for me the most surprising and inspiring architect and designer of all time. I have seen many of his works in many different cities, and his restaurants always have a vibrant and elegant atmosphere. Some are more eccentric, like Miss Kō on George V in Paris, some are more elegant, like Bon on rue de la Pompe in Paris as well, and some others are more fun like the Mama Shelter in Bordeaux.
Miss Paradis in New York opened 3 months ago, and the designer is none other than Philippe Starck, the king of design! The restaurant is health-focused vegetarian and pescatarian, with Mediterranean influence. I really enjoyed my feta salad, simple yet creative and tasty. The addition of Zaatar – definitely Mediterranean – and the watermelon radish brought a hint of subtlety.
It’s not the first time Claude Louzon and Philippe Starck work on a project together; they previously worked on Le paradis des fruits and Miss Kō in Paris (read my blog post). This time it’s in Soho that the duo decided to let their creativity overflow. At the entrance, a long farm-like wooden table with benches on each side reminds us of the wedding meals out in the country in Manet paintings.
The pillars are designed to look like trees and big transparent jars of red wine are exposed on the very long bar. On each side of the bar there are 2 big LCD screens that ran very colorful fruits in movement. The décor is less garish than at Miss Kō, instead highlighting nature and the French countryside.
With Philippe Starck, every detail is important, from the floor to the ceiling, the design of the menus, as well as the placemats. Everything is well thought out, even the restrooms – but I leave those for you to discover…
Claude Louzon, with more than 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry in France, decided it was time to explore new horizons and opened, with his daughter Julie Louzon, this restaurant in Soho, NYC. Here they explore a new concept, seasonal dishes based on vegetables, seafood, and fresh fruit juice. The detox salad with grilled avocado with pastrami salmon was delicious. The sumac and the pomegranate are for sure a taste of the South of France.
When the weather is warmer, the bay windows will be completely opened, just like a Parisian café trottoir. Miss Paradis has also its #RoseHour from 4pm to 7pm, a Happy Hour based on rosé wine, $6 by the glass! Who wants to join me?
47 Prince St, New York, NY 10012
Monday-Friday 11:45 am – 1:00 am
Saturday-Sunday 10:00 am – 1:00 am