Meat Market ‘Heart’ Not Going Anywhere, Gansevoort Owner Says

His landlord might think “the meatpacking district is about to shift 500 feet to the west” with this month’s soft opening of Andre Balazs’ hugely anticipated Standard New York, but Hotel Gansevoort owner Michael Achenbaum emails The Observer that his location is still the hub of trendiness in the neighborhood.

In our opinion, our location at Ninth Ave. directly across from Pastis and Soho House will remain the heart of the neighborhood.”

Mr. Achenbaum also offered this update on the hotel’s long-shuttered Jeffrey Chodorow restaurant, now under renovation:

We continually upgrade our property in order to meet the needs of our clientele, most recently with a refurbishment of all of the furnishings on our rooftop and the addition of a fireplace in the Loft. Jeffrey Chodorow has had plans for the last year to adjust and renovate his concept for the Ono restaurant space and will soon announce a unique addition to the hotel. The new concept will incorporate many of Ono’s best selling items but will expand certain offerings, like sushi. This change is based on his desire to present the best possible product in the Meatpacking District and is not a reaction to anything our competitors are doing.