The Wall Street area’s beloved French bistro Augustine, forced to adjacent by the pandemic past year, volition emergence again — with a caller sanction and a powerhouse caller owner.
Daniel Boulud volition motorboat a caller French bistro adjacent outpouring connected the Beekman Street tract of what was Keith McNally’s farthest-downtown eatery, The Post has learned.
It’s large quality not lone for Boulud’s fans but for the full FiDi/World Trade Center eating scene, which has severely missed Augustine since the Covid-19 situation forced McNally to adjacent it successful July of 2020.
When Augustine opened astatine the Beekman Hotel in precocious 2016, it became the No. 1 gathering spot for the Wall Street area’s movers, shakers and scenemakers. Anna Wintour made it a regular hangout for her Conde Nast service moving astatine the adjacent World Trade Center.
Boulud made nary announcement of his new spot but spoke to The Post aft we spotted a liquor licence exertion successful the model with the sanction of his company, Dinex.
“We were talking to the landlord for a agelong clip and we came to a bully agreement,” Boulud said Wednesday.
It was excessively aboriginal to person a sanction oregon a chef. But Boulud said, “The conception is simply a French bistro.”
“I deliberation the determination is good,” helium added.
Augustine regulars callback walls and columns of glazed tiles painted with birds, burgundy banquettes and downtown’s astir mellow edifice lighting from floral-accented ceiling fixtures.
Boulud said overmuch of the 80-seat eating room’s widely-praised, Paris-redolent interior would stay arsenic it was, though McNally was permitted to region definite items specified arsenic distressed mirrors.
Boulud’s connected a big-time roll. He launched instant-hit Le Pavillon past outpouring and conscionable reopened his flagship Restaurant Daniel aft a redesign. He besides reopened Bar Boulud and Boulud Sud and is searching for a caller determination for his shuttered Cafe Boulud.
McNally, meanwhile, is hardly retired of the edifice concern — his Balthazar, Pastis, Minetta Tavern and Morandi survived past year’s lockdowns and are thriving. But Augustine’s destiny was sealed by its determination successful a vicinity that saw Manhattan’s largest exodus of residents and workers aft the pandemic struck.
Boulud wouldn’t sermon terms. Augustine’s archetypal rent was $500,000 a year, Grub Street reported. Conditions have changed truthful much since past that speculating connected Boulud’s woody would beryllium foolish.
The caller spot won’t travel astatine a amended clip for the territory southbound of Chambers Street arsenic residents and bureau workers return. The country has beardown waterfront eating options with Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s The Fulton and Andrew Carmellini’s Carne Mare at Pier 17 connected the East River and the eye-popping Liberty Bistro astatine Brookfield Place connected the Hudson.
But fine-dining pickings beyond steakhouses are slim successful the blocks successful between. Nobu Downtown, Tom Colicchio’s Temple Court (also successful the Beekman Hotel) and Felice connected Gold Street are definite to invited the culinary company.