The New York Times just declared this power-lunching spot the No. 1 New York restaurant of the year

  • The Grill opened in the old Four Seasons restaurant space in May.
  • New York Times food critic Pete Wells announced it was his favorite place to eat in 2017.

The New York Times food critic Pete Wells last week announced his top New York restaurants of 2017 – and The Grill snagged the No. 1 spot.

“Borrowing from American and Continental cuisine of the 1960s, the chef, Mario Carbone, has hit upon a style that’s both showy and substantial,” wrote Wells in his year-end review.

The Grill opened in May inside the old Four Seasons restaurant space in the Seagram Building. The Four Seasons, famous for its power lunch and influential clientele, had closed in July 2016, and The Grill had big shoes to fill.

The three men behind the reopening – Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi, Jeff Zalaznick – together form Major Food Group, which also operates the restaurants Carbone, ZZ’s Clam Bar, Parm, Sadelle’s, and Santina.

Take a look inside the storied space in midtown Manhattan, and see what the next iteration of power dining looks like.