The two men in black loitering outside Richard Meier’s glass tower, hard by the West Side Highway, sprang into action as soon as I reached the end of Perry Street: “The entrance is around the corner!”
They weren’t hustlers, but rather doormen directing customers to Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s latest restaurant. It’s on the ground floor facing Read More
When the restaurant economy is good-and it’s very good indeed-culinary maternity wards overflow with the wistful, the risk-takers and, as always, the inept. This spring’s crop of new restaurants reflects these flush times in scope, number and variety. More than ever, it seems that successful restaurants are spinning off carbon copies of themselves, while others Read More
Robert De Niro isn’t the only Tribecanto decide that he’s had enough of the trendy neighborhood. Restaurateur and chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten has severed his last remaining real-estate tie to the area as well, as his Richard Meier–designed loft in the Perry Street towers is nearing completion.
Earlier this month, the owner of Vong, (Mercer) Read More
Dufresne’s WD 50 Greases
The Gastronomic Imagination
My Irish grandfather once dropped a live oyster into a glass of brandy to see if the two went together. He looked at the shriveled result and decided they didn’t.
Chef Wylie Dufresne is made of sterner stuff. If you order oysters at WD 50, his Read More
You Win Some, You Dim Sum
At Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s 66
I first came to 66, Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s new Chinese restaurant in Tribeca, for Sunday dim sum. The restaurant, designed by Richard Meier, wasn’t busy at all, unlike Sunday in Chinatown, where waiting an hour in a crowded lobby for your number to be called Read More
Mets superstar Mike Piazza is finally putting some roots down in Manhattan, adding a $1.975 million Gramercy Park condo to his real-estate portfolio, which includes homes in Cresskill, N.J., and Boynton Beach, Fla.
According to real-estate records, Mr. Piazza bought a penthouse duplex in the Gramercy Park historic district, on March 13. And it’s no Read More
On Christmas Eve, when many of the bland restaurants cluttering Third Avenue from 75th to 85th streets had closed their barren dining rooms, Calliope was brimming with lockjawed cheer. From the outside, the seven-month-old restaurant on 81st Street and Third Avenue looked as nondescript as its neighbors. But inside, basking in the glow of the Read More
For years, the large red-brick building that was boarded up on the corner of Prince Street was a disturbing presence in the neighborhood. Now, it’s a thriving hotel with the coolest new restaurant to open since Balthazar. Even if you’re not wearing black there, the place makes you look as though you are. Mercer Kitchen Read More