ZZ’s Club and Little Maven

Two new openings by notable restauranteurs. ZZ’s Club is a private members club in Hudson Yards, pictured above. It features interior design from Ken Fulk and offers the finest caliber cuisine under the direction of Major Food Group, owners of the fabled Carbone, and the new, noteworthy Torrisi. Within ZZ’s there will be a private version of Carbone.  ZZ’s replaces Tavern, a members club operated by Related Companies in partnership with Wine Spectator.

Also opening next week is Little Maven, a self-described modern American neighborhood restaurant on West 18th Street.  VCR Group’s Little Maven team includes entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk, hospitality veterans chefs Josh Capon and Conor Hanlon, and David Rodolitz, the same group behind the planned private members club Fly Fish that will open early next year on East Houston Street.  Fly Fish was featured this past year at the U.S. Open.

Bernstein Redo & Savitsky, P.C. is proud to be part of the ZZ’s and Little Maven teams!

Soho House Celebrates 20 Years

It was over 20 years ago that we received a telephone call from Nick Jones in London. He was looking to open a private members club in Manhattan called Soho House. We had never heard of it. Little did we know that 20 years later, this iconic club would have 40 Houses world-wide, with 3 in New York City, and locations in West Hollywood, Chicago, Austin, South Beach, Barcelona, Berlin, Amsterdam, Rome, Bangkok, Mexico City, Tel Aviv, to name a few. The first New York City House was actually planned to be in Soho, oddly enough. That deal fell through and the next location was in a former warehouse on Ninth Avenue in the Meatpacking District which opened in the Spring of 2003. The rest, as they say, is history.  We are proud to be a part of the Soho House team from Day 1. Congratulations to Nick and Soho House. We look forward to another 20 years.

Proposed Rules Issued for Outdoor Dining

In August, New York City Mayor Adams signed a bill to create a permanent outdoor dining program, called “Dining Out- NYC,” which grants the Department of Transportation authority to issue permanent licenses for roadbed and municipal sidewalk seating.  DOT just issued proposed rules for the Dining Out-NYC program with notice of a public hearing to review those rules before they are adopted.  Here is a copy of those proposed rules:  DOT Outdoor Dining Proposed Rules.pdf (nyc.gov)

DOT will be conducting a public hearing on the proposed rules online on November 20, 2023 at 10:00 am. Participants can join the Zoom meeting via the link above.  Written comments can also be submitted to rules@dot.nyc.gov.  Anyone wishing to speak at the meeting must register to do so by November 17th.  Once final rules are enacted, DOT will launch an online application portal and applications will be accepted in early 2024.  Operators who have temporary permits under the Open Restaurants program may continue to use those permits through the remainder of 2023, and then must apply under the new program within three months.

Sahadi’s Comes to Pier 57

Sahadi’s, the family run iconic grocery from Lebanon which opened its first store in Manhattan’s “Little Syria” in 1895 is opening a new outpost at the Pier 57 food court in Manhattan.  Wade Sahadi moved the original Manhattan store to Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn in 1948, and his son Charlie Sahadi took over in 1967 with help from other family members. Today, Charlie’s children Ron Sahadi and Christine Sahadi Whelan and her husband Pat Whelan (all pictured above) run the operation. In 2019 they opened a second location in Industry City, and the third is now coming to Pier 57. Sahadi’s, with a deli and bakery, is a self-described old world place where you can discover new tastes. Each location offers a different shopping experience. Bernstein Redo & Savitsky, P.C. is proud to be part of the Sahadi’s team.

T-Squared Social

Tiger Woods and Justin Timberlake, in partnership with Nexus Luxury Collection and the Tavistock Group owned by Joe Lewis, and 8AM Golf owned by the Milstein family, this week opened a huge 22,000 square foot sports bar with 24 foot ceilings at 7 East 42nd Street in Manhattan. In addition to offering food and drinks including specialty cocktails and wines, T-Squared Social (the “T” is for Tiger and Timberlake) offers full swing gold simulators, darts, duckpin bowling and over 35 televisions with a 200-inch flat screen. The Vault room is also available for private events.  Bernstein Redo & Savitsky, P.C. is proud to be part of the T-Squared Social team.

Daily Provisions Opens in Brooklyn

Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group is opening its first Daily Provisions in Brooklyn, at 151 Court Street in Cobble Hill.  The new 1,500 square foot location is the fifth Daily Provisions in the city, and offers beer, wine and cocktails to its menu in addition to coffee and its famous crullers. Since USHG started the Daily Provisions all-day café brand, it opened locations in the West Village, Upper West Side, Union Square, and Midtown.  Bernstein Redo & Savitsky, P.C. is proud to be a part of the USHG and Daily Provisions team.

Raf’s on Elizabeth Street

290 Elizabeth Street in Manhattan, which beginning in 1933 was an Italian American bakery, most recently as Parisi Bakery which closed in 2021, has roared back to life.  Twin sisters Jennifer and Nicole Vitagliano recently opened a new all-da café and restaurant, Raf’s with Italian and French inspired dishes. Jennifer is also the owner of the Michelin-starred Musket Room. The restaurant shares its name with Jennifer and Nicole’s grandmother, Rafaela. On the Raf’s team are executive chef Mary Attea and executive pastry chef Camari Mick, both of whom have been recognized by the James Beard Foundation.  Though only open a few months, in July Raf’s has already received two stars from New York Times critic Pete Wells.  Bernstein Redo & Savitsky P.C. is proud to be part of the Raf’s team.

Restaurant Law Webinar

Bernstein Redo & Savitsky, P.C. senior partner, Donald M. Bernstein will be participating in a panel webinar at the Bar Association of the City of New York on Wednesday, May 10, 2023, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. The webinar will include presentations by various speakers and discussions on restaurant leases, retail liquor licenses, labor/employment law, and corporate issues.  It is being sponsored by the Bar Association’s Hospitality Committee, of which Mr. Bernstein is a member. Registration is available on the Bar Association website.

Greywind in Hudson Yards

The Related Companies has teamed with Chef Dan Kluger to open Greywind, offering a locally sourced, seasonally-driven, and refined dining experience in Hudson Yards. Chef Kluger spent years working under acclaimed chefs and restauranteurs such as Danny Meyer and Tom Colicchio, and then as Executive Chef of Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s ABC Kitchen.  He previously opened Loring Place and Washington Squares.  The 60-seat restaurant is located at 451 Tenth Avenue, a residential building owned by The Related Companies which also features The Set Club on the 44th floor. Bernstein Redo & Savitsky, P.C. is proud to be a part of The Related Companies and Greywind team.

The Consulate at 56th Street

The Consulate, known on the Upper West Side as a charming French-inspired brasserie and bar, opened its second location in midtown at 44 West 56th Street this week. Founders and twin brothers Metodija and Kiril Mihajlov from Macedonia opened the original Consulate in 2019 at 519 Columbus Avenue. With a global French-Modern-American menu created by Chef Alan Vargas, The Consulate takes diners on an international journey of cuisines. Bernstein Redo & Savitsky, P.C. is proud to be part of The Consulate team.