|Buratta with roasted pears at Intersect by Lexus|
If you've walked past the Soho House or NeueHouse and longed for access to the exclusive spaces, check out Intersect by Lexus. The new meatpacking space has a deluxe cafe, chic bar and ritzy restaurant, along with gallery space occupied now by the LF-1 Limitless concept SUV.
On the ground level, right across 14th Street from an Apple Store and the designer shoes and clothing store Jeffrey New York, is a cafe. You can get a perfect espresso and a pastry. There is also an extremely cool bathroom with automatic doors and high end toilets.
In New York, you get excited by clean public toilets.
|Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept SUV at Intersect by Lexus|
Frenchie - a bit of Paris in NYC
The restaurant upstairs will switch chefs every four to six months. Currently, Gregory Marchand from Frenchie is in charge.
As a guest of Lexus, I got the full court press at lunch. We started with fluke crudo. It had contrasting textures with raw and roasted beets, and crispy quinoa.
|Crudo with beets|
|Save room for dessert|
There was also monkfish with mushrooms and a coffee / black garlic sabayon.
For dessert, we had Banoffee - banana with dulche de leche and pecans. Again, this had a contrast of flavors and textures that made it irresistible.
|Vegetarian main course at Intersect by Lexus|
Swanky but less Formal BarAt the lovely bar, in the front, you can have specialty cocktails. I have to come back later in the day to try the gin based Intersect, which includes rose, almond milk, sesame, and of the moment Aquafaba. Bar food includes a cheese plate or a lobster roll. Most of the wines are from France. The beer is from Brooklyn.
|Model cars on the way to the bathrooms|
Global PresenceThere is an Intersect by Lexus in Tokyo, and another in Dubai.
Note: I was a guest of Lexus at lunch. Opinions and full stomach were all my own. I was not otherwise compensated.