Food & Drink

A taste of the French Riviera, plus lobster risotto

From a couple nightlife/restaurant veterans and actor Olivier Martinez (aka, the dude who banged Diane Lane in a hallway), comes Villa Azur: a stately-but-relaxing French eatery aiming to capture the "glamour and allure found in the French Riviera" by hiring a ketchup-hating Franco-designer to dress up the sprawling indoor/outdoor space with vintage chandeliers, mod leather couches, and antique wood fixtures

The Sud de France-inspired menu’s filled with easily pronounceable dishes like Mignon de Veau Farcis aux Artichauts (veal filet mignon stuffed w/ artichokes, confit tomatoes & scamorza) and St. Jacques Safranées (scallops w/ leek fondue, boraggine pousse & saffron sauce), plus lobster risotto, fried-basil-topped prawns, and cornish hens that've been rosemary-rubbed, even though you know she does more, considering the baby and everything

Meanwhile, the raw bar’s stocking five types of oysters including Blue Point & Royal Miyagi (wax already off!), stone crab, and a heady lineup of caviar, which you can also pick up for home from their delicatessen, along with foie gras and macaroons

For taking your many edges off, they're housing over 190 bottles of vino and bubbly in their Cave d'Azur wine cellar, and'll bring in late-night DJs to create an "energetic after-dinner ambiance", which Diane Lane always referred to as “a bathroom stall in some restaurant".

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