In the News: Compose

••• New York mag gets first word on Compose, coming very soon to 77 Worth: “Jodi Richard made a splash in new-wave coffee circles last January by installing New York’s first Slayer espresso machine in her coffee bar, RBC NYC. This week, she expands her Tribeca fiefdom with Compose, a restaurant that resembles, in its ambition and scale, precursors like Brooklyn Fare and Momofuku Ko. Only ten seats a night are available for chef Nick Curtin’s multicourse tasting menu, which features ingredients like jamón Ibérico steaks and cocoa-butter-poached lobster, and runs from $100 to $150; reservations must be made at Same-day reservations may be booked by phone for the remaining twenty seats, at which guests may order bar snacks and $15 “dialogue-based” cocktails, tailored to customers’ preferences and assembled with hand-carved ice […]. The iPad wine list offers roughly three dozen grower Champagnes….” All of which made Eater ask, “What happens when you take all of the dining trends of 2010 and roll them all into one restaurant?” I just peeked in as I walked by, and what I saw (the room, not the crabby-looking guy in the window) was pretty.

••• Last week, I broke the news that stalled 46 Laight had been sold and would be three units instead of six. Curbed followed up with actual research into the building’s distant and recent past: “The recent troubles at 46 Laight Street have historical preludes, including the heroic response of one Elizabeth Condon, a chambermaid who worked at a house on this site back in 1860 and fought off some noisy rogues who broke in and stole the silver. That was in the days when Laight Street fronted onto fashionable St. John’s Park, before Cornelius Vanderbilt bought the square and, in 1868, built the massive Hudson Rail Freight Terminal on the blocks where traffic now flows out of the Holland Tunnel.”

••• “Developer Larry Silverstein is seeking $200 million in stimulus bonds for WTC Tower 3.” (DNAinfo)

••• “An explosion of greenery will soon greet patrons of a new bar and restaurant in the Seaport. Called SamSara New York, the 65-seat venue on Water Street will feature two large walls covered in tropical plants when it opens in the depths of winter this January. The dozens of ferns and lilies sprouting from the walls will grow in a soil-free irrigation system, framing the modern dining room with swaths of green.” (DNAinfo)


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