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Alain Ducasse, St. Regis Hotel Part Ways as Adour Closes

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Oct. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Alain Ducasse, one of the world’s most Michelin-starred chefs, is closing his top outpost in New York. Again.

Nearly six years after the chef shuttered his hyper-expensive eponymous restaurant at the Essex House hotel, his second haute effort, Adour at the St. Regis in Midtown, will close its doors as well.

Adour, in the space once occupied by Lespinasse, will cease operating on November 17, according to a statement released jointly Tuesday by Ducasse and the hotel.

A Ducasse spokeswoman, reached via phone, declined to say why the restaurant was ending its five-year partnership with the hotel.

“I consider Adour a qualified victory,” Frank Bruni wrote in his three-star review for the New York Times in 2008. “It’s not through-and-through rapturous, but it’s first-rate: polished service, a knockout wine list, beautiful oil-poached cod, gorgeous roasted lamb and exquisite desserts.”

Adour also was awarded three stars in a Bloomberg News review in October, 2011.

The restaurant offers a $125 tasting menu, as well as a $90 tasting of vegetables. Expensive a la carte items are also available, such as a $65 sole grenobloise.

The closing marks the second time this year that a lauded French chef has left the New York fine dining scene. Joel Robuchon closed his L’Atelier at the Four Seasons Hotel in June.

Adour at the St. Regis in Washington will remain open, as will Ducasse’s informal bistro, Benoit, also in Midtown Manhattan.

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To contact the writer of this column: Ryan Sutton in New York at rsutton1@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Manuela Hoelterhoff at mhoelterhoff@bloomberg.net.

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