Last night, Tao Group Hospitality celebrated the unveiling of French-Mediterranean restaurant Cathédrale, the crown jewel of the new Moxy East Village, with a lavish fete. 

Beneath the East Village streets and under the soaring triple-height ceilings featuring Cathédrale’s stunning Edoardo Tresoldi wire mesh sculpture, Lais Ribeiro and Jasmine Tookes danced the night away to DJ sets by Bella, Mel Debarge, Brendan Fallis and Jus Ske. After a week attending and walking in several New York Fashion Week shows, Lais and Jasmine were excited to finally kick back and toast to Lais’ recent engagement to Joakim Noah.

Jasmine Tookes, Lais Ribeiro
Dan Nilsen for Cathédrale at Moxy E

Party guests spilled into Cathédrale’s private garden patio to enjoy an extravagant raw bar, while a host of Madonna impersonators held court over the Last Supper spread in the Poster Room – the venue’s exclusive private dining space. In a nearby corner booth, upcoming costars Brandon Thomas Lee and David Arquette took a night off from filming Danny A. Abeckaser’s new movie ‘Blackjack: The Jackie Ryan Story’ to toast the grand opening alongside Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green.

Festivities continued one level above in Alphabet Bar & Cafe, where Indya Moore chatted with friends and posed alongside the seductive performance art featuring hot, dripped candle wax.

Next up, Tao Group Hospitality will debut Little Sister, a new lounge adjacent to Moxy East Village, set to open next week with legendary doorman Wass Stevens at the ropes.

Notable attendees included G-Eazy, Patrick Schwarzenegger, Dascha Polanco, Young Paris, Quincy Brown, Maxwell, Lucien Smith, JonBoy, Rachel Hilbert, Kelsey Merritt, Devon Windsor, Roosmarijn de Kok, Hailey Clauson, Julian Herrera, Darren Aronofsky, Gregg Bello, Casey Scott, Bethann Hardison, Cintia Dicker, Larenz Tate, DJ Clue, Dean Winters, Lorraine Schwartz, Steve Stoute, Dave Grutman, David Rockwell, Shoshanna Lonstein Gruss, Ronny Kobo, Danny A. Abeckaser, Wass Stevens, and more.

A man dripping candle wax on a woman
Cassidy Sparrow for Cathédrale at Moxy East Village

Cathédrale, slated to open mid-September in Manhattan’s East Village, is a French-Mediterranean restaurant by Tao Group Hospitality Chef/Partner Ralph Scamardella, in collaboration with Executive Chef Jason Hall (formerly of acclaimed restaurants like Gotham Bar & Grill, Anthos and Craft).

The menu brings elemental, ingredient-driven cooking to the forefront, evoking the grandeur of the past while remaining contemporary in its execution. Designed by Rockwell Group, guests descend into the striking setting complete with soaring triple-height ceilings and an ethereal 19-foot wire mesh sculpture by internationally-celebrated Italian artist Edoardo Tresoldi.

Focus and fun will be felt in equal measure—an open kitchen outfitted with copper accents is designed to draw guests in, while the dramatic environment and show-stopping main dining room supports the decadence and raw creativity of both the menu and the East Village’s rich history and character.

An outdoor dining terrace with a retractable roof evokes the townhouse-style dining patios of the neighborhood, and an adjacent private dining room is available for intimate events. Cathédrale is located at 112 11th Street, and will open mid-September for dinner, with weekday breakfast to follow.

The crown jewel of the soon-to-open Moxy East Village, the newest hotel from Lightstone, who has partnered with Tao Group Hospitality for all F&B on property, Cathédrale will seat up to 300 guests between the restaurant’s main dining room, bar, outdoor terrace and private dining room.

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