Dans le Noir ?, is soon to have a
new address in the United States and not in any other city but the
“Big Apple.” This unique dining experience of eating “dans le
noir,” (French, for in the dark) will soon be open in November on
246 West 38th St., New York’s Fashion District and just three
blocks from Times Square.
Dans le Noir ? diners will experience eating in complete darkness,
guided and served by either a visually impaired or blind staff. Using
three of their five senses, taste, touch, and smell, patrons of Dans
le Noir ?, can savor simple, fresh and hands-on cuisine in a pitch
dark dining setting. This allows for the diner a unique sensory
experience of diverse sounds, flavors, smells and textures. The
unsighted diner is the one who ultimately takes control of the
situation, depending less on their vision, they depend on their blind
wait staff to guide them on their experience. Personal appearance and
visual style do not play a part when dining at Dans le Noir, people
get to know you through other senses based mainly on personality.
Unlike other restaurants, this place is totally devoid from vanity.
“It is a place to open your mind and question yourself on taste,
but also on your relationships with other people. It is a rich
experience with many outcomes,” said Edouard de Broglie, founder of
Dans le Noir ?.
Dans le Noir ?, will serve a prix fixe menu adapted to the theme of
total darkness through four surprise menu choices: fish, meat,
vegetarian, as well as a total surprise menu. Menus are freshly
conceived by a local team of chefs with the support of Chef
Tourangeau Olivier Romain, who has been working for more than 20
years for prestigious and international clientele. In addition, the
wines are selected with the support of Dans le Noir ?’s expert,
Christophe Garnier. Dans le Noir ? will also offer a late dinner on
Saturdays and Gospel Brunch on Sundays. Prices range from $43 for
pre-theater matinee and gospel brunch, to $57 for regular dining
(without drinks), and a different pricing for private events.
In New York, Dans le Noir ? is working in close partnership with
VISIONS/Services for the blind, as well as Lighthouse International
to hire the staff. The New York restaurant will be able to seat 80
patrons in the Dark Room, with a bar lounge area to welcome people.
Dans le Noir ? has locations in Paris, London and Barcelona. Numerous
other experiences have been developed in Moscow, Warsaw, Geneva,
As a stimulating and unforgettable dining experience, Dans le Noir ?
will bring a lot of questions to mind as symbolized by the question
mark in the logo. The first Dans le Noir ? was launched seven years
ago in Paris to follow a program developed by Paul Guinot Foundation
for the blind which started in 1997.
If you would like more information, website and reservations will
open by October 20th 2011. Corporate and private events can be booked
as soon as possible:
In NYC: Marco Valente,
General Manager: 914 844 8967 -
In Paris: Edouard de Broglie,
CEO Ethik Investment group: email@example.com