Nina Compton Will be Intersect By Lexus NUC’s Next Celebrity Chef

Food & Drink

There’s a new celebrity chef in town!

Manhattan fine dining restaurant, INTERSECT BY LEXUS NYC will debut its seventh Restaurant-in-Residence, New Orleans’ Compère Lapin, on October 20. James Beard Award-winning Owner and Chef Nina Compton will offer her signature blend of Gulf coast ingredients and Caribbean-inspired flavors for an unparalleled dining experience. 

Located in The Old No. 77 Hotel in New Orleans’ Warehouse District, Compère Lapin’s beloved Caribbean meets New Orleans-inspired menu is a taste of home for customers visiting from near and far. At INTERSECT, guests can enjoy a variety of dishes from Chef Compton, along with a specially curated tasting menu, “Taste of Two Creoles, offered exclusively at the New York City restaurant. 

Menu highlights include Pork Belly with tamarind set atop green chutney and garnished with pickled mango and herbs, Striped Bass Escovitch set on top of jerk carrots and carrot beurre blanc and Doberge Cake served with lemon curd and alongside a lemon buttermilk sorbet. 

 Inspiration for the menu comes from the traditional Caribbean folktales that Chef Compton read during her childhood in St. Lucia. Drawing on the themes of exploration and play, she mixes the indigenous ingredients and rich heritage of New Orleans with those of her Caribbean roots, creating a culinary journey through the menu.

Compère Lapin’s beverage program at INTERSECT will complement the experience with cocktails like the Andromeda with Pisco, green chile vodka, lime, grapefruit, rose and topped with a Peychaud’s Bitters Rabbit Stencil and The Macondo with tequila, Sotol Por Siempre, Aperol, carrot and mango. In support of Compère Lapin’s hometown, a portion of proceeds will be donated to New Orleans-based Second Harvest Food Bank. 

Compère Lapin opened in 2015 and is the first solo restaurant from Chef Nina Compton, who was awarded Best Chef: South at the 2018 James Beard Awards. 

“We are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to share Compère Lapin’s story and cuisine,” says Chef Nina Compton. “This partnership is made even more special knowing that it will benefit our friends and family back in New Orleans, and I am personally thrilled to bring a little piece of home to the city where I started my culinary career.” 

INTERSECT BY LEXUS – NYC is located at 412 West 14th Street. Both the Lounge and Restaurant will be open Wednesday and Sunday from 5PM-10PM, Thursday from 5PM-11PM, and Friday – Saturday from 5PM-12AM.

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