Restaurateurs betting big on Midtown as tourists flock back to NYC


Tourists are flocking back to Midtown now that worldwide journey has the inexperienced gentle — and a few restaurateurs are betting big on the hollowed-out district.

David Morton, the fourth-generation restaurant proprietor from Chicago’s famed Morton steakhouse dynasty, will open his first New York spot subsequent month — a ten,000-square-foot, upscale behemoth known as The Landing. He expects his clients will embrace trickling-back office staff and tourists heading to concert events and video games at close by Madison Square Garden.

“There’s still a little bit of a void in dining options here,” Morton tells Side Dish of Midtown-area choices, noting that crowds have been flocking to Danny Meyer’s eating places in Midtown West. “They are all slammed,” Morton stated of the world’s sizzling spots.

The Landing’s sister grab-and-go eatery, Office Hours, opened on Monday. Both are helmed by James Beard-nominated Chef Brian Huston, and positioned at Penn1 — a revamped office tower on thirty fourth and Seventh that’s a part of Vornado Realty Trust’s proposed redevelopment plan for the district.

The Caviar Russe has ample seating as effectively as a to-go space.
James Keivom for New York Post

The flashy new venues are arriving even supposing Midtown office towers are largely empty. Just 49 p.c of town’s a million office staff are anticipated to be back to their desks by the top of January, in accordance to a current survey.  Andrew Rigie, director of the New York Hospitality Alliance, cautions that new openings and the return of tourists are signal — however might not be sufficient to cauterize the pandemic carnage for some eating places. 

“November and December need to be our best months, as January and February are always dead,” Rigie stated. “And while it’s good news that the international travel ban has been lifted, many foreign tourists won’t have enough time to plan a trip to New York for the holidays.” 

Pearfection and Morning-Glory signature cocktails on the Chemistry Room.
Courtesy of the Sanctuary Hotel

The metropolis seems to be to be pulling out all of the stops to advocate for eating places. Incoming mayor Eric Adams final Thursday got here out to help one of many new restaurant openings — lingering over a 3 hour dinner at Osteria La Baia in Midtown, the Post reported.

Another restaurant proprietor is also betting on Midtown with a spot that can open this week: The Bar at Caviar Russe, at 538 Madison Ave., close to East fifty fifth St., is a 2,000 square-foot ground-floor house under the flagship Michelin-starred Caviar Russe, which opened in 1997.

Like Caviar Russe, the brand new champagne-and-caviar bar is helmed by government chef Edgar Panchernikov. The 43-seat eatery may have a extra casual — albeit upscale — menu. (The most cost-effective bites are $25 salmon pores and skin chips.) There’s additionally a $65 lobster roll topped with caviar, a $670 uncooked bar with caviar and, for even greater spenders, a $10,445 order for 500 grams of Almas Osetra Caviar. 

“Even though Midtown is quiet, our restaurant is back and busy,” stated managing director Ilya Panchernikov. “People are eager to go out, dress up, sip Champagne, have some caviar and celebrate living life again.”

Panchernikov stated issues nonetheless aren’t fairly back to regular, since earlier than the pandemic lockdown, greater than half of his purchasers had been worldwide, whereas round 40 p.c had been native hedge funders and actual property moguls. 

“A lot of our local hedge fund and real estate clientele used to come in for lunch and dinner with clients and it was great. This obviously didn’t exist during the pandemic, and it is just barely starting to creep along now as people are starting to come back to Midtown,” Panchernikov stated. 

The seating space and bar on the Chemistry Room.
Courtesy of The Sanctuary Hotel

Other new Midtown spots embrace the Parlour Room, a brand new “whiskey centric” bar and restaurant helmed by government chef Justin Ottervanger. It’s slated to open on Nov. 22, with greater than 400 craft whiskeys. There’s additionally Top chef Laurent Tourondel‘s Skirt Steak, a brand new, no-frills steak home that opened close to Madison Square Garden on Nov. 9. 

And over on Sixth Avenue on the Sanctuary Hotel, at 130 W. forty seventh St., the Chemistry Room at Sushi Lab lately opened — a lobby-level omakase restaurant that’s as well as to the resort’s Sushi Lab Rooftop. 

Another Sushi Lab outpost will open within the East Village, at 320 E. eleventh St., subsequent month, Side Dish can reveal. The authentic Sushi Lab Rooftop opened on the Sanctuary Hotel in July 2020, throughout the pandemic’s peak. 

Tuna Flight on the Sushi Lab.

Thanks to international tourism’s return, The Chemistry Room’s counter seating is already booked till Christmas, stated Jeremy Poon, the Sanctuary Hotel’s vp. 

“People are booking far out in advance, planning their time for the holiday season — and we just opened,” Poon stated. 

These restaurateurs could also be risk-takers, however they’re 

additionally in it for the lengthy haul as a result of, they are saying, they imagine in New York. 

Nothing, says Panchernikov, neither 9/11 nor a world pandemic, will maintain New York down. 

“Our clients have been with us through the best of times and the worst of times,” he stated. “We believe in New York. We are very bullish on business coming back to New York City.” 

Brasserie 8 1/2 can be coming back, albeit with a brand new title — Cucina 8 ½ — on Dec. 1 within the iconic Solow Building — from CIA chairman August Ceradini, Rachid Abdelouahad, previously of Daniel, and award successful chef John Villa, previously of the Tao Group and Portuguese eatery Pico.

In addition, Gabriel’s Bar and Restaurant — a favourite of energy brokers like Warren Buffet and Bill and Hilary Clinton because it first opened in 1991 — can be back, although in a brand new, bigger house, at 40 Central Park South. All of those openings are good indicators for Midtown.


We hear … that Citymeals on Wheels’ thirty fourth Annual Power Lunch is back on the Plaza Hotel this Thursday  — its first main in-person occasion since lockdown.

Citymeals hopes to increase greater than $1 million that can go to help homebound aged New Yorkers. This year’s lunch will honor Lizzie Tisch for her longtime help of the group, which was co-founded by meals critic Gael Greene in 1981. 

Chef Daniel Boulud and actors Jane Krakowski, Kathleen Turner and Ellen Burstyn are slated to attend. Since lockdown, Citymeals has delivered greater than 4 million meals to shut to 20,000 individuals — a ten% improve.