Located in the Design District, Le Jardinier is the southern outpost of Alain Verzeroli’s first solo restaurant (also called Le Jardinier), which opened in 2019 in a luxury building in midtown Manhattan and has already earned a Michelin star. For two decades, Verzeroli worked alongside the great Joël Robuchon, helping the French chef assemble menus and a small galaxy of Michelin stars. Now on his own after Robuchon’s 2018 passing, Verzeroli runs his restaurant in partnership with the same company that operates L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, located upstairs from Le Jardinier and accessed via a spiral staircase. As its name suggests, Le Jardinier adheres to the increasingly fashionable “eat your vegetables” ethos. Dishes like farro risotto with a parsnip and mushroom ragout are soulful and satisfying enough that meat becomes an option rather than a necessity. That doesn’t mean the menu is stocked with only rabbit food. A bavette steak, resting in its own juices and served with roasted artichokes and royal trumpet mushrooms will grab any carnivore’s attention. Le Jardinier’s $40 prix-fixe lunch is the best deal in the Design District — perfect for when you and your Amex need a break from shopping at Dior and Vuitton. New Normal: The restaurant has instituted a six-step program to ensure guest and employee safety that includes increased sanitation, staff temperature checks, and training.
Photo courtesy of Le Jardinier
- Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 12-9:30 p.m.; Sunday 11:30-4 p.m.
- Outdoor seating: Open-air patio
- Alcohol: Full bar
- Reservations: Recommended
- Parking: Garage available, On-street, Valet