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EW YORK, NY — The first U.S. location of the famous Pari- First U.S. location of the famous Parisian restaurant Le Coq Rico Architects Montroy Andersen DeMarco & Pascal Desprez complete Le Coq Rico in Manhattan N

chef and owner, Antoine Wes- termann, and his business partner, Alsatian culinary entrepreneur Francis Staub. Nicknamed “The Bistro of Beautiful Birds,” Le Coq Rico is a neighbor to some of New York’s most popular restau- rants, which are located in the area at the convergence of the booming neighborhoods of Flat- iron/Madison Square, Union Square, Gramercy Park, and the Madison Avenue advertis- ing district. It occupies the en- tire storefront in a landmarked Gabay Building, erected in 2010 and owned and managed

by Walter & Samuels. MADGI also designed the recent histor- ic restoration of the building. The architectural team also consists of international A- listers. Principal Daniel Mon- troy, AIA , led MADGI’s team for Le Coq Rico. His firm’s proj- ects include the recent renova- tion of the beloved New York City landmark restaurant, the Rainbow Room; the new 90,000 s/f World Trade Center Obser- vatory, which attracts over 4 million visitors annually; and the 230-room citizenM New York hotel. The 132-seat, U-shaped res- taurant features a full bar; a wine cave, which is an area with an illuminated wall that serves as a wine chiller; a dining area with lacquer-top tables and seating as well as two communal tables; and a very high-end show kitchen with bar-style seating for 18. Overall, the design is meant to pay homage to the original Le Coq Rico in Paris, but is much more refined. Thus, it has wide-plank oak flooring throughout, walls and ceil- ings –reminiscent of a farm- house – are sandblasted and white-painted Canadian oak, with black mirror-like accents made of black back-painted backlit glass on walls. The project team installed a new angled 21’x5’ skylight which features prominently in the dining room. Energy-efficient LED lighting is used through- out, backlighting the black back-painted glass and with down lights over the dining tables. Continuous linear LED fixtures illuminate the show kitchen’s dining counter. According to MADGI project manager Mark Vella , the most challenging part of the project was the seating. “Fitting 132 seats in a fairly small, unusual- ly shaped restaurant, given how much space the kitchen had to take, took creativity,” he said. “Also, fitting in the lighting and mechanical equipment in a shallow ceiling required much careful coordination among the trades,” he continued. To create the kitchen, MAD- GI specified opening up the back wall. Structural engi- neer Eric Crowley put in a steel beam to reinforce the area. Other partners were mechanical/electrical/plumb- ing engineer 2LS Consulting Engineering , and Premi- um Supply was the kitchen consultant. n

sian restaurant Le Coq Rico is now open at 30-32 East 20th St., between Park Ave.South and Broadway in Manhattan. The New York City architec- tural and design firm of Mon- troy Andersen DeMarco (MADGI) joined forces with Paris-based Pascal Desprez, a prominent international architect and the founder of studio DP Agence , to develop the design for the restaurant. The restaurant is the brain- child of Michelin three–star

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