Almost a year after its construction began, APL is opening next week on Orchard Street.
Thrillist reports that the restaurant, which bills itself as an “urban American” establishment, will feature a sky-lit dining room, leather upholstery removed from a 1930s Bugatti, an illuminated glass “birdcage,” and bronzed sneakers suspended from the ceiling. Reportedly, there will also be cymbal-playing monkeys and vintage merkins used in place of napkins.
Former Paloma chef-owner Camille Becerra was originally brought on to be the restaurant’s chef, but left the project in March to go cook French Colonial food at Hotel Chantelle. There’s no word on who her replacement is, but APL’s menu will feature what Thrillist refers to, perhaps euphemistically, as a “breadth of culinary influences” including smoky ham croquettes with “Womanchego” (is there no escaping human cheese?), fried pickles, and caviar. Drinks will include liquors infused with flavors via a process the restaurant calls “nitrous fusion,” though a Google search on the subject turns up only NitroFusion, a “multi-source protein” apparently beloved by bodybuilders.
Regardless of whatever nitrous APL seems to be huffing, it will open for a Cinco de Mayo preview party and have its official opening on May 12.
[Via Bowery Boogie]