5/15/2013 11:26:00 AM

First Look: Tocqueville and 15 East Vets Open The Fourth Today

For their latest venture, restaurant industry vets Marco Moreria and Jo-Ann Makovitzky headed to the East side of Union Square to open The Fourth, a causal but not low-end American Brasserie that contains enough distinct areas to satisfy all comers. There's a coffee bar in the front where patrons can order java and pastries to go, a relaxed cafe if you want to gaze out the windows onto Fourth Avenue, a large bar and inventive two-top, pub-height tables if you want a drink and a snack and a dining room in back with white tablecloths and a hushed volume level for intimate dinners.

Artwork plays a key component at the new eatery, you can't miss the gigantic wooden sculpture that's suspended over the staircase in the center of the room. Be sure to walk back to the dining room to check out a collection of photo portraits of waitresses from around the world (and see if you can spy the one that was shot in nearby USQ institution Coffee Shop). While the menu is surely more approachable than what you'll find at the duo's other restaurant's Tocqueville and 15 East, you'll find many refined touches. A plate of crudo is dusted with truffle foam and a must-try brick-roasted chicken is cooked in a heart that heats up to 700 degrees (take a peek at this dish below the jump). The restaurant officially opens today at 132 Fourth Ave. (212-432-1324).


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