Photos: Marcus Nilsson
The team behind King Restaurant is now orbiting around Rockefeller Center with the arrival of Jupiter, a new pasta and wine eatery making its debut adjacent to the ice rink. It follows the arrival of Naro, a Korean spot from the folks behind Atomix.
British chefs Jess Shadbolt and Clare de Boer and co-owner and beverage director Annie Shi have created a colorful, energetic restaurant and bar with a menu focused on their favorite dishes as part of a culinary revitalization of Rockefeller Center.
“Jupiter is an all-day eatery that provides everything for every moment, whether that’s an early lunch or pre-theater dinner, a glass of prosecco or an espresso at the bar — or a big Barolo lunch with a Fiorentina,” says Shadbolt. “It’s easy, lovable and inviting.”
Named after the Roman king of Gods - as well as a wink to the Prometheus sculpture anchoring the Art Deco rink at Rockefeller Center — the 140-seat restaurant is now serving Italian favorites such as zucchini fritti, beef carpaccio sott’olio with horseradish, and crab toast with fennel. There is Venetian seafood risotto — the broth made with Prosecco and saffron — topped with whole langoustine.
While the tiny kitchen at King only allows for just one pasta dish on the menu per day, at Jupiter the possibilities are endless and touch on nearly every region of Italy. Look for signature homemade noodles, from silky egg tagliarini with chicken livers that have been deglazed with Vecchia Romagna to paper-thin panzotti filled with roast pumpkin and napped with sage butter and Parmesan. An after-theater off-menu item, spaghetti carbonara, is being served weeknights after 9:30pm. For dessert there is Neapolitan ice cream, King’s beloved olive oil cake and more.
Shi has also assembled an exceptional yet approachable wine list at Jupiter with more than 400 bottles. It focuses predominantly on Italian wines, highlighting the new generation of winemakers with inspiring stories. The 12-seat red marble bar is available for drinking, dining and, for the perfect pick-me-up, boozy espresso tonics in the afternoon. The cocktails capture the spirit of simplicity that is Italian drinking, highlighting high-quality Italian liqueurs, as well as from young distilleries in New York and California.
The bold, bright design mirrors its landmark surroundings with yellow tiled columns and tufted orange banquettes to custom green Gio Ponti chairs. Seersucker uniform coats also pay tribute to Jupiter’s color palette.
Jupiter is open weekdays from 11:30 a.m until 11 p.m. Reservations can be made online at jupiterrestaurant.nyc, and are also available through Resy. Walk-ins are welcome.