Dinner’s Ready! Rooms Not Quite at Cooper Square Hotel

GQ-crowned "Modern Hotel Maestro" Klaus Ortlieb hosted roughly 60 guests at his Tribeca loft on Wednesday night in a preview of the yet-unfinished Cooper Square Hotel’s culinary offerings.

Mr. Ortlieb, 50, a partner in the hotel’s management company, MK Hotels, suggested the somewhat divisive 21-story, 145-room, Carlos Zapata-designed lodge may be just weeks away from opening.

Among other permitting issues, developer Matt Moss, who was also on hand for the festivities, said he was still trying to obtain a certificate of occupancy. (Mr. Moss’ original partner in the project, Crescent Hotel developer Gregory Peck, did not attend.)

Los Angeles-based chef Govind Armstrong commandeered Mr. Ortlieb’s kitchen and home office for the fete, serving up samples of porterhouse, squab and a creamy celery soup with strips of bacon.

The hotel’s forthcoming Table 8 restaurant will be Mr. Armstrong’s third location after L.A. and Miami.

Dinner’s Ready! Rooms Not Quite at Cooper Square Hotel