I hear from a very reputable source that the restaurant space at the Smyth hotel—formerly home to Plein Sud—is being taken over by none other than Andrew Carmellini. I’d imagine that Josh Pickard and Luke Ostrom, his partners at Locanda Verde and the Dutch, are also involved.
It remains to be seen whether Carmellini will double down on Italian (Locanda Verde has been white-hot since it opened, and his Bar Primi opens soon on the Bowery), go for a third outpost of the new-new American menu of the Dutch (besides the one in Soho and another at a hotel in Miami Beach), return to France (as at Lafayette in Noho), or do something totally new. No matter what, it’s safe to say this is the most exciting news to happen on Chambers Street since, well, Racines NY.
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