The historic Resort Chelsea is quietly welcoming guests again via its doorways on West twenty third Avenue. After opening its Spanish-inspired restaurant El Quijote earlier this 12 months, the revamped New York lodge is introducing one other F&B idea for friends to find.
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“The Chelsea’s at all times felt to me like a grande dame,” says property co-owner Sean MacPherson. “And it felt like the suitable factor was to create the grande dame of foyer bars. And so we tried to honor the prevailing structure and design, and construct one thing that felt previous world and traditional.”
The lodge’s new Foyer Bar — the constructing’s first lounge — faucets into the grandeur of iconic lodges worldwide and speaks to a European sensibility, whereas leaning into the constructing’s historical past. “It had been just a little down and out the final a number of many years, however it’s a ravishing previous constructing and it feels very very similar to the kind of lodge that is extra prone to be present in Europe over the States,” says MacPherson of the property, which was inbuilt 1884. “Most of those nice previous lodges have nice foyer bars, there’s by no means been one for some cause [at Hotel Chelsea].”
The Foyer Bar is positioned on the lodge’s floor ground, and options plush seating in jewel tones, classic lamps atop a marble bar and classic detailing. Lounge seating is spacious but intimate, catering to each the transient lodge visitor and native New Yorker. “There’s elbow room; you truly you possibly can sit down and make your self snug. It is like a very monumental lounge,” provides MacPherson.
The bar presents an upscale F&B menu crafted by the Sunday Hospitality workforce to enhance the elegant design of the house. Beverage director Brian Evans put collectively a complete cocktail menu that riffs on traditional drinks and in addition pays homage to iconic cocktails from bars all over the world, together with the Duke Martini for the Dukes Resort in London, Arnaud’s French 75 for Arnaud’s Restaurant in New Orleans, and Tommy’s Margarita for Tommy’s Bar in San Francisco.
“The home cocktails are a bit extra adventurous, and the tributes perhaps just a little extra acquainted,” says Charles Seich, who’s main F&B operations with Sunday Hospitality. The meals menu is the work of chef Jaime Younger, who appeared to small plates to pair nicely with drinks — caviar, soiled martini oysters, beef tartare.
The Foyer Bar just lately smooth opened, and the lodge will proceed to introduce new ideas via the autumn, together with a French-American restaurant and rooftop spa and health middle. A personal occasions house, the Bard Room, additionally just lately opened.
“We’re not making an attempt to make it splashy,” says McPherson of the lodge’s reintroduction. “The constructing’s been right here since 1884, and we’re simply making an attempt to take care of its constant narrative.”
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