Burger chain phenom Danny Meyer is opening a second Shake Shack in the Grand Central area.
The burger joint will open in the 4,774-square-foot, ground- and lower-level spaces formerly occupied by Qdoba Mexican Grill at 600 Third Avenue, between 39th and 40th Streets, in a 15-year lease. The eatery is slated to open in the fall.
During one of his infamous Power Juicer infomercials from the early 1990s, a stunningly fit-for-his-age Jack LaLanne declared, “That’s the power of the juice!”
Mr. LaLanne, known as the Godfather of Fitness, lived to be 96 and swore that juicing had transformed him from an ill and frail teenager into the fitness extremist who, well into his golden years, took a liking to towing boats while swimming shackled and handcuffed.
Food & Drink
As arguably the most influential New York restaurateur of the past 30 years, Danny Meyer has altered Manhattan’s culinary map and helped redraw its real estate borders. Starting with Union Square Café in 1985, growing exponentially with Shake Shack and moving forward with NoMad, Brooklyn and JFK airport concepts, Mr. Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group presaged the Midtown South gold rush and nurtured a generation of top toques while redefining restaurant hospitality. Mr. Meyer spoke to The Commercial Observer about the gentrification his restaurants are credited with jumpstarting, the decriminalization of mall dining in New York and the city’s untapped restaurant rows. This interview was conducted prior to his ICSC New York keynote address Monday.
The Hudson River Park Trust is courting restaurateurs interested in a huge riverfront indoor-outdoor restaurant on Pier 26 in Tribeca.
Currently under construction, the spot at 223 West Street should end up with a 100-person main dining room topped by a “pier level terrace” (capacity: 152 people) and a sprawling roof accommodating about 300 more eaters and tipplers.
Eater speculates that Danny Meyer, Drew Nieporent and the Carbone boys (Rich Torrisi, Mario Carbone) could be among the applicants for the “insane” opportunity.
The Goldman Touch
History has shown us that when being invaded, one party’s failure to cooperate seldom ends peacefully. Although in this instance World War Three won’t be the outcome, for some New Yorkers, it may feel like it: Shake Shack is not coming to Grand Central just yet.
It might be said that Goldman Sachs has a way of transforming everything that it touches, including, it would seem, Battery Park City, where the company has spawned a fledgling village adjacent to its headquarters.
After the heady financial services firm opened its 43-story headquarters (a $2.1 billion investment located by Vesey and Murray streets.) in October 2009, it quickly summoned a host of businesses and boutiques to cater to the needs and whims of its commerce-savvy employees, The New York Times reports.
The Neverending Story
Battery Park City. Like the Upper East Side or Mill Basin, it’s the sort of out-of-the-way neighborhood you never visit unless you live there, or maybe there’s a concert going on at the Winter Garden?which feels more like the Financial District anyway, so does it count?
Well, NY1 has a report out about how Battery Park City has finally come into its own, and it is indeed a place worth visiting. Much of the credit is given to Danny Meyer for spicing up the food scene, but really, credit is due Lloyd Blankfein.
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Is there a better way to enjoy the New York City skyline than from its highest point, atop the swiftly rising 1 World Trade Center? How about with a Shackburger and shake in hand?
Mr. Ross' Neighborhood
Some might say this is long overdue. Others may call it heresy. One thing is certain: Nobody quite expected the storied and lofty perch from which the chief New York Times dining critic sits, being used to evaluate a fast food restaurant. Even if that fast food restaurant is one of New York City’s most ballyhooed and fiercely debated—if not, the most of those—Shake Shack.
As if there was not enough anticipation surrounding the construction of Hudson Yards, here is probably the one reason to trump any other: Danny Meyer will be setting up shop on the Far West Side.
The Related Companies and Union Square Hospitality announced a new partnership today, whereby Steve Ross and his globetrotting development company will take a stake in Union Square Events. While not encompassing all of the restauranteurs operations, USE offers more than just catering but also runs the sports venue operations for Mr. Meyers sprawling eatery empire, and now it will do even more. So no fine dining, necessarily, but Mr. Meyer will be offering a range of culinary options, from private residential dining to catering events in Hudson Yards buildings as well as operating restaurants and outdoor cafes.