And to make it even better, the restaurant spans two floors and has two distinct vibes – a chic, winding staircase from L’Avenue gives way to the eighth floor’s Le Chalet, a Courchevel-meets-Montana-inspired après-ski-style bar and lounge, also designed by Starck. The space is inspired by 1940s ski chalet and every detail is perfection, from the vintage snowshoes hanging atop a fireplace to cowhide-stitched lounges and vintage-looking armchairs. With small bites and inventive cocktails, like the apple-based Normandie Spritz or Croissant and Bubbles, which has croissant-infused cognac with chamomile, lemon and champagne, you’ll be immediately transported to a mountainside escape.
There’s a terrace off the 8th floor, though now closed, it will be open for alfresco dining come summer. The wait staff is nothing but impeccable, so rest assured that your experience at both L’Avenue and Le Chalet will be exceptional.
At the entrance of L’Avenue, you’ll find a Pierre Hermé confectionary boutique (the only other boutiques are located in Paris and at JFK’s Delta terminal). Come for a macaron, a spot of tea or simply to relish at the grandeur adorning the top floor of one of New York City’s most storied department stores.
Perfect for grabbing a classic French brasserie dinner or a glass of bubbly post-shopping, L’Avenue and Le Chalet can be accessed through the store or via a separate entrance on 50th Street. L’Avenue is open Monday through Sunday from 5p to 11p; and Le Chalet is open Monday to Saturday from 5p to 1a and Sunday, 5p to 12a.
L’Avenue at Saks Fifth Avenue, 5th Avenue and 50th Street, +1 212 940 4099, saksfifthavenue.com