Tatiana, chef Kwame Onwuachi’s first New York restaurant, opens at Lincoln Center

Tatiana, chef Kwame Onwuachi’s first New York restaurant, opens at Lincoln Center
Tatiana, chef Kwame Onwuachi’s first New York restaurant, opens at Lincoln Center

It’s official: Kwame Onwuachi is back in New York. The Bronx native, a Excellent chef star who went on to open and close two fine dining establishments in Washington DC, is trying his luck again with Tatiana, his highly anticipated Afro-Caribbean restaurant opening at Lincoln Center, at 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, near Columbus Avenue. The restaurant, Onwuachi’s first in New York, is a tribute to the chef’s roots in Nigeria, Jamaica, Trinidad, New Orleans and his upbringing in all five boroughs. It opens for dinner Nov. 1 amid a $550 million revamp at downtown’s David Geffen Hall.

It’s something of a homecoming for the celebrity chef, who grew up on Burnside Avenue in the Bronx but has spent the last few years away from home. After working in some of New York’s top kitchens, including Michelin-starred Per Se and Eleven Madison Park, Onwuachi rose to prominence as a 25-year-old contestant on Excellent leader. He followed with two restaurants in Washington DC: the Shaw Bijou, a fine dining restaurant that closed after less than three months in service, and Kith and Kin, where Onwuachi picked up a James Beard award in 2019 – and quit about a year ago. later.

Now in Manhattan, Onwuachi wants Tatiana to be the kind of place where “people feel comfortable, man,” he says, while playing with an app on his phone that lets him change the color of the lights. personalized clouds on the ceiling of the restaurant. . (He chooses purple, his favourite.) The dining room, designed by the same architecture firm behind the star-studded restaurants Al Coro and Cote, is outfitted with green booths, a floor-to-ceiling gold chain, and daisies. a common 14-seat table. for a relaxed and upscale atmosphere. A playlist with Erykah Badu and Rick Ross spilling out into the lobby of the concert hall next door completes the scene.

Read on to learn more about Tatiana and take a look at the menu below.

Tatiana is open Tuesday to Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Thursday to Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The restaurant entrance is located on the south side of David Geffen Hall at 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, West 65th Street.


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