The Hotel Palomar's Fifth Floor reopened last week after a month-long closure. Though the remodel, headed by Laurent Manrique, encompassed nearly all facets of the Michelin-starred restaurant, calling it a dramatic change would probably be an overstatement. Designed by the Puccini Group alongside Manrique and Manrique pal Jean Pierre Xiradakis, the 66-seat dining room itself has a few new touches—hardwood floors, red chandeliers, blue curtains (very French)—and the casual cafe/lounge area is off to the side. On the food side of things, Manrique kept the menu very fancy, with a traditional Gascon bent. Jennie Lorenzo is the chef de cuisine and Emily Wines—recent recipient of lofty master sommelier status—is the wine honcho. The restaurant is open Monday through Saturday for dinner, but the adjacent cafe is open daily for breakfast and dinner.
Eater Inside: Fifth Floor