Ralph Lauren’s Left-Bank Steakhouse
Published August 31, 2010
“I want it to be the best restaurant of its kind in Paris, offering great American food in the most beautiful and romantic setting. It will have gracious hospitality with a glamorous, yet informal sophistication,” says Ralph Lauren of the new restaurant, Ralph’s, which he’s opening in the
in the historic Left Bank mansion he recently renovated for his Paris flagship. Glamour is a granted for Paris, but graciousness is an innovation we will checking in on next month during Paris Fashion Week. Built in 1683, Lauren’s building, at 173 Boulevard Saint Germain, centers around a cobblestone courtyard and six large and preserved stables. Bales of hay are out, replaced with aged oak paneling, Parquet de Versailles floors, and weathered teak and wrought iron crafts. The horse-watering fountain is still there, but its now put to more Zen purposes.
“I think the story of the menu is like the classic film An American in Paris. I want the food to be genuinely American, but set in a mood that is genuinely international. The contrast should be unique and memorable.” And Americans in Paris should feel at home. Most impressively, all the steak and burgers are flown in from Lauren’s own RRL Ranch in Colorado, and exclusively available at Ralph’s. If that doesn’t get you feeling in your element, take on the mint juleps,
whiskey sours, or frozen margaritas.