First, they redefined the red sauce joint. Now, Major Food Group is hungry for the private membership club market. After the first ZZ’s Club launched in the Miami Design District in 2021, a second has now arrived in New York’s Hudson Yards. Ken Fulk designed the two-floor space with his signature maximalist pizzazz while founding member Vito Schnabel curated the equally flashy art collection throughout the club, hanging work by Andy Warhol, Francesco Clemente, Rita Ackermann, and more.
As expected, there’s an iteration of Carbone upstairs under the chandeliers, ensconced in damask velvet and burnished brass. Known as Carbone Privato, it serves dishes exclusive to the club like a Lobster Risotto all’Arrabiata alongside Nathan McCarley-O’Neill’s ice cold martinis, said to be the coldest in the city. Downstairs, there’s the tropical-themed ZZ’s Bar and Japanese ZZ’s Restaurant, with seafood flown in daily from Tokyo for specialities like tuna carpaccio with foie gras and scallops, all watched over by Boyd Reath’s aquatic mural. Fulk himself conceived the hand-painted bar upstairs at the Clam Bar, the heart of the club stalked with cocktails and crudos as a tribute to MFG’s original ZZ’s Clam Bar downtown.