For over three decades, Canada-based Toptable Group has defined elegant and approachable dining with renowned restaurants and award-winning chefs. Its regional restaurants in Vancouver and Whistler include Araxi, CinCin, Thierrey, Elisa, Il Caminetto, and Blue Water Café. This month the group opened its first New York restaurant, Oceans, at 233 Park Avenue South in Manhattan, specializing in locally and globally sourced seafood and sushi. Executive Chef Andy Kitko leads the team at Oceans, having trained in Michelin-starred restaurants such as Café Boulud and Aqua, and most recently at famed Estiatorio Milos. The space was occupied years ago by Canastel’s. Bernstein Redo, P.C. is proud to be part of the Toptable Group and Oceans team.
Continuing the stream of private clubs opening in New York, Nexus Club opened its doors to its members in TriBeCa. The brainchild of British magnate Joe Lewis, Nexus Club New York occupies 34,000 square feet on the seventh floor of 100 Church Street. In addition to a full restaurant and bar, the club offers its members a 7,800 square foot fitness and wellness center with a spa and two studios for private workouts and a hair salon. Family services are also offered including child day care. Event space is also available. The club was designed by Morris Adjmi and includes artwork selected by Sotheby’s. Nexus plans to open similar clubs in Los Angeles, Toronto, and elsewhere. Bernstein Redo, P.C. is proud to be part of the Nexus team.
Celebrity Chef Michael White and his partner in Altamarea Group, Ahmass Fakahany, opened their new Morini in Roosevelt Field mall in Garden City last month. White was trained extensively in Paris and Italy and in 2002 became the Executive Chef at Fiamma at 206 Spring Street in Manhattan, which received a Michelin Star. He was named Esquire’s Best New Chef in 2002. Partnering with Fakahany in 2007, White opened a number of restaurants in New Jersey and New York, including Marea which garnered three stars from The New York Times and won Best New Restaurant by the James Beard Foundation. The first Osteria Morini opened in October 2010 and a second was opened in Washington, D.C. in 2013. Vaucluse, Altamarea Group’s first French restaurant, opened on East 63rd Street in 2015. Bernstein Redo, P.C. is proud to be part of the Osteria Morini and Altamarea Group team.
A members club will be unveiled next month in Hudson Yards, New York’s newest neighborhood. Created by the developers of Hudson Yards – Stephen M. Ross and Kenneth A Himmel, and Marvin R. Shanken, the publisher of Wine Spectator magazine, WS New York will be a food and wine focused private club and located on the second floor of 37 Hudson Yards. The 92-story building will also feature a soon to be open Related-owners restaurant on the ground floor, and the first Equinox hotel. Bernstein Redo, P.C. is proud to be part of the Hudson Yards/WS New York team.
Danny Meyer’s neighborhood café Daily Provisions made its debut on the UWS at 375 Amsterdam Avenue on the corner of 78th Street this week. With a culinary team led by Chef Amanda Wilson, Daily Provisions opens early in the morning with fresh baked goods – including its famed cruller – and breakfast sandwiches, with other offerings including salads and rotisserie chicken throughout the day as well as a selection of beer and wine. This is the second outpost for Daily Provisions; the first is near Union Square on 19th Street and Park Avenue South. A third location is planned at 29 Bedford Street in the Village. Bernstein Redo, P.C. is proud to be part of the Union Square Hospitality and Daily Provisions team.
Jen Pelka, owner of San Francisco’s award-winning Champagne bar, will be opening The Riddler at 51 Bank Street at West Fourth Street in the West Village. The original in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley was named wine bar of the year in 2017, was a winner of a Wine Spectator “Grand Award,” and was all female-funded, as is its New York outpost. Jen, who will split her time between the two coasts, began her career in New York at Daniel. She earned a James Beard nomination, was in Forbes “30 under 30”, and founded Magnum PR drawing on her decades of experience in marketing, events and media relations. The design of the New York location was led by the women team at ROY, a California based design studio, and Richard Lewis, who worked on the new Pastis, is the architect. Bernstein Redo, P.C. is proud to be part of The Riddler team.
A hospitality company born on the beaches of the Yucatan in Mexico in 2005, Tacombi focuses on sharing its love of Mexican taco culture with its neighborhood taquerias. It all started with selling tacos out of a 1963 Volkswagen Kombi bus driving around Yucatan, and then the opening of two locations in Playa del Carmen. Tacombi then planted itself in New York a few years later opening its first store on Elizabeth Street. Tacombi now has seven locations in Manhattan, Montauk and Brooklyn, its newest opening on the Upper West Side at 377 Amsterdam Avenue this summer. New locations are in the works, including East 70th Street. Bernstein Redo, P.C. is proud to be part of the Tacombi team.
The international members-only club and hotel, Soho House, which opened its first co-working space in London in 2015, is bringing its new brand and concept, Soho Works, to New York this year. Soho Works has signed leases to take space at 10 Jay Street, and also at 55 Water Street, the location of its sister club Dumbo House. Two other Soho Works locations are planned in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan, one at 415 West 13th Street, and the other at 875 Washington Street. Soho Works will be geared towards persons associated with creative industries, and will provide lounges, open spaces and private rooms for work, meetings, socializing and collaboration among its members. The work spaces will include a café. Bernstein Redo, P.C. is proud to be a part of the Soho Works team.
In April 2018, we noted here the planned return of Keith McNally’s much loved iconic Meatpacking bistro, Pastis. It has been one of the most awaited restaurant openings of the year. The original Pastis closed five years ago, its old building was torn down and replaced by what is now the RH Gallery. McNally has teamed up with James Beard award-winning restauranteur Stephen Starr to reopen Pastis at 52 Gansevoort Street. It has finally arrived. The opening will be this Friday, June 7, 2019. While Starr is taking control of the day to day operations, McNally is very much involved. The new place is not an exact replica of the original Pastis, but it is certainly reminiscent of it. Bernstein Redo, P.C. is proud to be part of the Pastis team.
After having worked for over twenty years under the late award winning chef Joël Robuchon, the past eighteen of which were in Japan as culinary director of Tokyo’s three Michelin-star Le Château de Joël Robuchon, Alain Verzeroli has taken the helm of Le Jardinier, which opened this week at Lexington Avenue and 53rd Street. The new restaurant, in a building owned by Aby Rosen, and designed by Joseph Dirand has 62 seats. The menu is heavy on vegetables and is more seasonal and less technical than his mentor’s restaurants. Alain plans to open a second restaurant in New York called Shun with French-Japanese cuisine. Bernstein Redo, P.C. is proud to be part of the Le Jardinier team.