8. The Pool | Seagram Building

The Pool dining room. Photo by Scott Frances courtesy of The Pool.

The Pool, a seafood restaurant on 99 East 52nd Street in Midtown Manhattan, has occupied the Seagram Building’s Four Seasons former space since July 2017. It’s the second restaurant to open in the space after the Grill, a more meat-centric eatery, opened back in May. Both spots are owned by Major Food Group. Designated a landmark in 1989, the Seagram Building, including its plaza and stone face lobby, was designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe while Philip Johnson designed the interior of The Four Seasons restaurant (1959 – 2016), the first in the United States to feature a seasonally changing menu, as well as the place that gave birth to the “power lunch.” It was regarded for its high ceilings, French walnut walls, trees that changed in tandem with the four seasons and notable works of art, including a bronze Richard Lippold sculpture and a Picasso tapestry, which you can read about here. Now, with the marble pool as its centerpiece, The Pool features an elegant bar, which was once used as a mezzanine for private parties. Called the Pool Lounge, this area overlooking the lower dining room and the Pool itself serves a selection of caviar, toasts, cocktails, and champagne.