Turning Tables: New York Grand Prix winner Del Posto closes permanently
The legendary Italian destination of New York, Wine spectator Winner of the Grand Award Del Posto, has closed permanently. The news was announced on April 12 by the restaurant’s executive chef, Melissa Rodriguez, and general manager, Jeff Katz. The duo also revealed that they partnered with chef James Kent to purchase the space in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood at the B & B Hospitality Group, with plans to fill it with three new concepts this fall.
Since its debut in 2005, Del Posto has been known as one of the best Italian restaurants in the country. More recently led by wine director Evan Clagnaz, the wine program was first awarded a Grand Prix in 2008 for many strengths, notably Italy and Champagne. Rodriguez was appointed Executive Chef in 2017, further strengthening the restaurant’s reputation during her tenure.
Although the closure has become official, Del Posto shut down service in the spring of 2020 following the COVID-19 pandemic before auctioning off its 40,000-bottle wine collection at Hart Davis Hart Wine Co.
Future concepts are still under development but will include a bar, pizzeria and gourmet restaurant. There are few other details available at this time; however, the team indicated that they would start from “zero” following a renovation of the food court, and that the gourmet restaurant and the pizzeria would share a wine cellar.Taylor McBride
Manresa begins residency at Intersect by Lexus
California chef David Kinch brings his Best of Award of Excellence – Manresa to Intersect by Lexus in New York’s Meatpacking District. This three-story multifunctional space is the result of a collaboration with Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group, which has hosted rotating chef residences since 2018. It is Intersect’s sixth residence, after restaurants such as Sergio Barroso’s Restaurante 040 in Chile, Gregory Marchand’s Frenchie in Paris and, more recently, Mashama Bailey’s the Gray in Savannah, Georgia, which ceased airing on April 4.
The takeover of Manresa begins on April 30 and ends in August. The Los Gatos restaurant in California has been temporarily closed by the pandemic since March 2020, but will reopen on May 19.[Intersect’s team] came to California and spent several days in our little universe, met all of our team members and was very receptive to our ideas and philosophy, ”said Kinch Wine spectator. “They have worked closely with us to incorporate unique details into the residence that reflect our philosophy of Manresa.”
Intersect’s beverage director Gabi Neuberg has created a wine selection smaller than Manresa’s list (90 labels versus 1,000), but also focuses on the Santa Cruz Mountains in California. The program will also feature champagnes, burgundies and other choices from France, Italy and Germany. “I was very inspired by the Manresa wine list when creating the list for Intersect,” Neuberg said. “I would love for guests to experience the same magic of Manresa without leaving New York.”
Intersect Executive Chef Nickolas Martinez will oversee the kitchen. There are a la carte options and a 14-course tasting menu showcasing Kinch farm cuisine, with a mix of signature dishes as well as new innovations. Expect dishes like roasted aged duck with fermented carrot juice, Japanese beef with salted onions, sea bream sashimi, and salted butter ice cream. Also on April 30, Intersect’s new outdoor dining pavilion will be showcased, along with a Japanese-influenced concept by Martinez called the Lounge. It will be located on the first floor, in the former café-gallery space, serving cocktails and small plates.
The Manresa residence is not the first time that Kinch has hit the road with his team. In 2017, they celebrated the restaurant’s 15 years by traveling to France to collaborate with three renowned kitchens in Paris, Provence and Marseille. The trip was the subject of a 2020 documentary, A chef’s journey.—Collin dreizen
Charlie Palmer Steak NYC opens in former Aureole space
Chef Charlie Palmer’s eponymous steakhouse brand with four Restaurant Award-winning restaurants has a new outpost in New York City. Open April 15, Charlie Palmer Steak NYC is located at One Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan. The space was once home to Aureole, winner of Palmer’s Best of Award of Excellence which became a on-the-go concept this summer after the pandemic forced it to shut down last March.
Head Sommelier Tyler Newell, who also ran the wine program at Aureole, will oversee Charlie Palmer Steak’s wine program of approximately 1,000 selections. Thirty wines are offered by the glass. Since some of the inventory was kept in the old restaurant, Newell says the list contains “Aureole’s Kiss”, but with a slightly different purpose. “The previous list had a strong emphasis on Burgundy, Bordeaux and California, and it will be similar,” said Newell. Wine spectator. “But being a steak house, we can see a greater demand for some full-bodied reds.”
He plans to strengthen these already strong sections, which offer verticals from major producers such as Château Lynch Bages in Bordeaux and Domaine Ramonet in Burgundy. Plus, Newell looks forward to complementing these classic regions with more great reds from places like Spain, Portugal, Australia and New Zealand.
There are still plenty of sparkling, white and rosé wines to accompany lighter fare on Executive Chef Harold Moore’s menu. For example, Newell suggests pairing a champagne with selections from the full raw bar or a crispy Albariño with Moore’s tuna tartare. He adds that customer demand will be the driving force as the wine list continues to evolve, especially in times like these. “We are more angular and open to listening to our customers,” he said. “We are all delighted to welcome everyone back.” –Julie harans
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