Ventanas Coming to Fort Lee with David Burke

SJP Properties today announced that restaurateur Alex Duran (Son Cubano, West New York) will bring a new fine dining experience to The Modern in Fort Lee with renowned Chef David Burke joining him in the role of Culinary Managing Director and Chef Ricardo Cardona overseeing the kitchen.

Named Ventanas Restaurant & Lounge, the restaurant will serve an “eclectic menu” of “Cuban/Asian/American-inspired fusion fare”, with a “picturesque setting” amidst the new park being created between The Modern’s two 47-story, all-glass residential towers.

It will offer a “unique” indoor-outdoor setting to create a “modern, energized dining experience” for guests that blends Asian flavors with “cutting-edge” Latin cuisine from Cardona and the farm-to-table American gastronomy of Burke, a Fort Lee resident.

Cardona is the executive chef of Lua, Sofrito and Hudson River Café in New York City, and serves as the chef for the New York Yankees during home games. Burke, who regularly makes appearances on the TV show Iron Chef America, lays claim to one of the industry’s most accomplished resumes as both a chef and restaurateur, including numerous ‘Chef of the Year’ awards, and restaurants such as Tavern 62 and Woodpecker in New York City.

The décor will aim to evoke a “seductive feeling” of Havana’s nightlife past with a modern twist. Guests will have access to three main venues within the restaurant: a tapas lounge, bar, and full-service dining room complete with chef’s table. On the patio, guests can relax at the outdoor bar and lounge, or enjoy a meal under a sweeping pergola. Live music and a DJ booth will help to create a celebratory atmosphere for after-dinner entertainment.

In total, the 7,000-square-foot restaurant will be able to accommodate 150 guests in the dining room and seating for 50 people at the bar, with a private event space that can welcome another 75 patrons. The outdoor terrace will offer seating for 75 to 100 guests, with a location that offers views of the nearby George Washington Bridge.

“Latin dining is intended to be an immersive experience, with the ambiance just as important as the food itself,” stated Duran. “Chef Cardona is recognized for his fusion of Latin, French and American cuisines, and his creativity and dynamism will set the tone in providing guests with an inspired dining experience. When coupled with Chef Burke’s unmistakable influence, and the lively, yet elegant environment we have created with our décor, we know Ventanas will quickly become a favorite destination along the Gold Coast.”

Residents of The Modern will be able to get room service and poolside food service at each of property’s two outdoor infinity pools, courtesy of Ventanas.

Construction of a new, nearly two-acre public park that will house Ventanas is currently underway, with the park and restaurant expected to be open by the end of the year. Inspired by Manhattan’s Central Park, the park will enhance walkability and connectivity, offering residents of The Modern and Fort Lee alike a vibrant green space for recreation and enjoyment. In addition to the new restaurant, plans for the park include integrated water features, landscaped walking paths, a public pavilion and a walking bridge. Outside the park, SJP is donating the funds for a 13,000-square-foot building to the Borough of Fort Lee for the creation of a large public theater and a public museum referencing Fort Lee’s historical ties to the film industry.

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Fort Lee, NJ

[photo source: Ventanas]