Considering that a year ago the media left New York City for dead, with thousands of citizens heading to the suburbs and the eerily empty Midtown office towers, the very fact that a massive new development project is making its mark. Debut in the heart of Gotham certainly strikes a note of hope. And indeed, Brookfield Asset Management’s $ 5 billion, namely Manhattan West (that’s in Manhattan, and it’s quite far to the west) is being unveiled in stages starting this fall. It is designed as an eight-acre mixed-use complex (a sort of “superblock”), and when paired with the nearby Hudson Yards, the stretch from 9th Avenue to 10th Avenue and 31st to 33rd Street truly becomes its own neighborhood.
A key feature of the project is the Pendry Manhattan West Hotel, the first of the booming hotel brand in New York City (their Chicago property just opened in June, and the Sagamore Pendry Baltimore is one of our favorite dorms. anywhere).
The New York hotel, within an imposing glass structure designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, is a masterpiece of elegant sobriety, with 134 rooms and 30 suites in cool and soft colors, and equipped with prodigious arched windows overlooking the ever-changing skyline, and in some cases also the Hudson River. Oddly enough, Gachot Studios’ design draws inspiration throughout from a sort of modern 70s California (particularly the West Coast Light & Space movement) – although the works of New York artists Nancy Lorenz and John Wigmore feature all along.
In addition to the general eclecticism, the hotel’s signature restaurant, Zou Zou’s (a new addition to the Quality Branded group, well known for Quality Eats and Don Angie) draws inspiration from various Mediterranean influences, including those from Israel. , Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Syria – particularly appealing to those who are still not ready to resume international travel. With just 75 seats and interiors by AvroKO, Chef Madeline Sperling – formerly of Gramercy Tavern and The NoMad – rules the kitchen, assisted by Juliana Latif, who also made time at NoMad.
Additionally, the Bar Pendry Lobby Bar serves creative cocktails in an intimate space with a fireplace, marble bar and large-scale Lorenz abstractions. There is also a garden room for coffee during the day and adult sips in the evening.
Ambitious to say the least, Manhattan West itself features six buildings, a landscaped plaza, upscale retail, more than two dozen food and beverage destinations, and the Midnight Theater, which will host a diverse program of offerings. cultural and entertainment. So, yeah, here we can probably just put aside predictions of Gotham’s demise – and instead just celebrate with a luxurious weekend stay at the Pendry.