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Zagat: The Fourth Offers Provocative Art Alongside Affordable Dishes

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Zagat editor James Mulcahy checks out The Fourth, a new "American brasserie" in Manhattan where the artwork is as enticing as the food.

The Fourth
142 Fourth Avenue, Manhattan

The husband-and-wife team behind popular Tocqueville and 15 East has headed to the East side of Union Square for their new American brassiere, The Fourth, which features elegant but affordable dishes that make use of the nearby green market.

"An American brasserie is an interpretation of old classics, maybe done in more unstructured way than you'd expect in a traditional brasserie," says co-owner Marco Moreira. "You're not going to find escargot on the menu, you're not going to find frisee salad, but maybe you'll find an interpretation of those classics."

Customers who do not want a full meal can go to the unique, stand-alone coffee counter to order drinks and snacks to go in the morning.

Co-owner Jo-Anne Makovitzky explains, "You can come in at 7 a.m. and have your barista serve a cappuccino, a croissant. You can read the morning paper or even talk to your neighbor."

The artwork makes the space truly stand out. You can't miss the cascading bed sculpture in the center of the room that evokes the state between sleep and awake.

"You can really get whatever you want from it, and that's what we wanted people to do, instead of looking at their phones and their screens. Look at the sculpture and come to your own conclusions. It's very thought-provoking," says Makovitzky.

Tucked away in the dining room, there is also a series by artist James Salazno that pays tribute to the restaurant industry with portraits of waitresses from around the world.

"We have 48 of his photos hanging here and I love looking at them and I think so far everyone that's come into the space loves looking at them," says Makovitzky. "It's a fantastic group of women and it just makes me really happy that's there's a common thread in all of us and this is a small piece of it."

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