Iron Chef Michael Symon Heads to $5.14M Downing Street Townhouse

Michael Symon. (Patrick McMullan)

Michael Symon. (Patrick McMullan)

Not long ago, the celebrity chef Michael Symon–a bald and burly presence on Iron ChefFood Feuds and The Best Thing I Ever Ate, among others–told Zagat that he had no plans to open a new restaurant in New York City. A Cleveland native and star of that dining scene, Mr. Symon didn’t fair so well in Gotham. Despite a generally positive reception from the critics, Parea, his Greek restaurant on East 20th Street, closed in 2007, just a year after opening. Still, he and his wife, Elizabeth, bought a place nearby in 2013, and Mr. Symon acknowledged to Zagat that he did have some use for New York: the TV business. (And, presumably, other people’s restaurants.)

But whatever the couple’s precise reasons might be, they’ve just traded their Gramercy loft for a West Village townhouse at 58 Downing Street, according to city records, paying about $5.14 million for the place; Ohio fine dining and television appearances must be lucrative–the Symons’ last place ran them a comparatively paltry $2.75 million. (Before that they had a penthouse in Soho.) The seller was Ian Bremmer, a journalist, author and president of the Eurasia Group, a political risk research and consulting firm.

Avast.

Avast.

The 2,560 square-foot home, which was built in 1899, looks quite adorable. And, surprise, surprise! The listing held by James Brune at Douglas Elliman agrees! Neat red brick composes the three-bedroom’s exterior, while the insides sport more brick–exposed, naturally–attractive ceiling beams in rough-hewn lumber and “hand-scraped walnut hardwoods throughout.” An English basement hosts a chef’s kitchen (obviously), as well as one of two wood-burning fireplaces. Elsewhere there are built-ins and a wet bar. And for al fresco dining: a private garden planted with well-established vegetation and anchored by a patio of stone pavers, all of which can be seen from inside during inclement weather through a set of French doors.

Academia plus consulting.

Academia plus consulting.