It’s hard to believe that Emeril Lagasse has a restaurant named for a New York stalwart but until now, hasn’t had an outlet there. Last week, the celebrity chef rectified that when he opened Rodos, a Greek restaurant in the lobby of the Hotel Henri with restaurateurs Yiannis Chatiris and Eleni Vareli. The restaurant is the first project as a part of Lagasse’s new consulting division, We Love Food Hospitality.
The restaurant takes its inspiration from Chatiris’ home island in Greece, but Lagasse adds his own Cajun-Creole flavors to the seafood-forward menu. Dishes include Louisiana crawfish-stuffed clams, grilled branzino, and avgolemono, a chicken, orzo, and lemon soup.
Lagasse’s restaurant empire includes Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans Fish House at the MGM Grand, Delmonico Steakhouse at the Venetian, and Lagasse’s Stadium at the Palazzo. In 1991, he won a Best Chef Southeast from the James Beard Foundation.