The Fourth opened its doors yesterday at the base of the new Hyatt Union Square. The restaurant is the creation of star restaurant couple Jo-Ann Makovitzky and Marco Moreira. Jo-Ann and Marco are no strangers to Union Square or fine dining. The couple opened Tocqueville in 2000, earning two stars from the New York Times. In January 2007, the couple opened the Japanese restaurant 15 East, which boasts two stars from the New York Times and a coveted Michelin Star. The Fourth is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We stopped by this morning and enjoyed one of the best cups of coffee we’ve ever tasted. Incredible.
The space is divided into three sections: a café, pouring Café Quatrième exclusively designed for the new restaurant; a bar constructed of farmhouse benches and milking stools; and dining room serving contemporary, seasonal fare. Executive Chef Michael Davis brings his expertise to house-made paccherie with California uni and Montauk squid; Amish country chicken drizzled with chili-lemon vinaigrette; and roasted leg of lamb over shelling beans. The decor is sublime with wide French doors that open for alfresco dining. Hand selected art pieces were brought in to make a truly unique and interesting space. The dominating feature of the space is a sculpture called “Hypnagogia” by Brinton Jaeksbeds. Hypnagogia is composed of beds constructed from solid blocks of Douglas Fir and suspended by wood-carved chains hang from the 30-foot-high ceiling. (The chains are really cool – carved from a single piece of wood so they interlock with no cuts to the link).