Grant Achatz Takes Manhattan

David Williams

A hero in Chicago. A neophyte in New York. Grant Achatz is going to crack the Big Apple with a pair of groundbreaking cocktail bars.

Grant Achatz is using tweezers to delicately prop a piece of lettuce on a pile of ice. He’s squeezed into a small corner of the sprawling 35th-floor kitchen of New York’s Mandarin Oriental hotel. There’s movement all around, but nothing distracts the 43-year-old chef from his laserlike precision. And right now he needs focus, as he has just opened not one but two ambitious spaces in New York...