Popular New York restaurant where a plate of pasta costs £37 wants to open inside former American embassy

CGI of former US embassy after hotel has been built
-Credit: (Image: Carbone/Major Food Group/Westminster City)

A popular New York restaurant chain where a plate of pasta can cost up to £37 has applied to open inside the former American embassy in Mayfair. Carbone, an Italian-American inspired eatery honouring the so-called “red sauce” tradition of mid-20th century Italian restaurants in New York, could open in Grosvenor Square by 2025, according to a licensing application submitted to Westminster City Council.

The restaurant has applied to operate seven days a week in the ground floor and basement of Chancery Rosewood, the soon-to-be opened retail and hotel destination at the site of the former US embassy. It is expected to fit as many as 300 customers and stay open until midnight, according to its application.

There will also be outside dining offered in Grosvenor Square and Upper Brook Street. Carbone is owned by Major Food Group, a hospitality business established by renowned chefs Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and restaurateur Jeff Zalaznick and has restaurants in more than 50 sites globally.

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Dining room inside one of Carbone's restaurants
Carbone operates restaurants across the US -Credit:Carbone/Major Food Group/Westminster City

This is Carbone’s first foray into Britain, having already opened chains in a number of major US cities and in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and Hong Kong. The restaurant offers diners a chance to try “elevated” traditional dishes like lobster fra diavolo – a red sauce pasta dish with chunks of lobster – and linguine vongole in “comfortable and unpretentious” settings.

Its flagship diner in Manhattan is known as a magnet for celebrities, according to US media reports. A review of Carbone’s US menu shows a plate of pasta ravioli costs $54 (£37). One meat dish – veal Marsala – is $95 (£74). Customers can also buy a bottle of Louis Roederer ‘Cristal’ champagne for $1250 (£978).

According to Hot Diners, Carbone is the second restaurant to announce it will be opening at Chancery Rosewood. The restaurant is expected to open on the northeast corner of the site.

Carbone interior
Diners in Carbone's overseas restaurants can order bottles of champagne for $1250 (£978), according to its menu -Credit:Carbone, Major Food Group, Westminster City

In 2018, Rosewood Hotel Group and real estate company 30 GS NOMINEE 1 LIMITED began work to turn former American embassy into a lavish 140-room hotel and retail bazaar. The Grade-II listed building was designed by the Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen and opened in 1960.

It was home to US diplomats for half a century until the embassy moved to Nine Elms in 2017. Westminster City councillors will review the application during a meeting on July 11.

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