In the News: Keith McNally’s Most Glamorous Restaurant

Lamp chops and rice casserole corn and tomatoes at Harolds Meat and Three photo by Bobby Doherty for New York mag••• More details on Harold’s Meat + Three, opening in the Arlo hotel this September: Chef Harold Moore is “cooking mains to order on a wood-fired grill and offering lighter options and three price tiers: $19 for things like crab au gratin and green-chile tripe; $29 for beer-can chicken or broiled flounder; $39 for a whole roasted lobster or strip steak. [As for sides,] he’ll serve rice six ways, seven potato preps, and vegetables ranging from broccoli with burnt garlic to green-bean casserole. You can supplement your dinner plate with an unlimited salad bar.” (Photo by Bobby Doherty courtesy New York magazine.) —Grub Street

••• Eater reviews City Vineyard and finds it lacking. From the description of the food, I’d wager the gas still hasn’t been turned on…?

••• Also on Grub Street, the restaurants at the Beekman hotel—Tom Colicchio’s Fowler & Wells and Keith McNally’s Augustine—are said to be opening in September. “Closer to a French restaurant than a brasserie,” said McNally. “And probably more glamorous than my other places.”

••• “Tenants fighting to secure the rent stabilization that they contend they’ve long deserved now have the support of 37 city and state lawmakers in their continued legal battle. […] The [421g] program, launched in 1995, gave tax breaks to developers who agreed to convert their Financial District commercial properties into residential buildings. Owners were given an 80 percent tax break on their property taxes for 12 to 14 years after conversion and, in exchange, they were supposed to become rent stabilized. More than 5,000 apartments in the Financial District could have rent stabilization status under 421g, which means that the amount that their rent can increase is by the Rent Guidelines Board, not developers.” —DNAinfo

••• A video slideshow of life at the World Trade Center mall. —Tribeca Trib

••• Bad news for the Pier 40 air rights deal. Press release: “Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer recommended denial of land use applications and the transfer of development rights from the Hudson River Park Trust for the proposed redevelopment of the St. John’s Terminal site in the West Village. ‘A worthy plan for the St. John’s Terminal site would have more and better affordable units, a true neighborhood retail plan, and accessible public spaces that residents will actually use.’ […] The applications will next be reviewed at a City Planning Commission public hearing Wednesday morning, August 24, at 10 a.m. Brewer plans to offer testimony on the proposal at that hearing.” Her statement is here (PDF).



  1. City Vineyard sucks. It’s pretentious. No hamburger? Really? Too common I guess.

    What a waste of space. It should’ve been a ’50s style diner on the water, instead it’s a dips, cheeses, and fancy schmancy meats for the wannabe ’80s yuppie crowd.

    Michael Dorf you are such an unbelievable sellout I can’t believe you actually founded Knitting Factory.

    • Please choose one name to comment under and stick with it. Thanks.

      • Hey Erik, several of us live at the same place. Btw I live in the neighborhood like you and I’m no more or less anonymous than those who post under their first names. Ask a guy who posts as “John” to add his initial to distinguish which John is posting, thanks.

        I don’t like this place cuz it doesn’t serve real, full meals. Offer appetizers, entrees, and some food befitting the area like hamburgers (as we’re not all rich people here) and I’m sold.

        If you’re gonna open have your shit together, especially when people are crossing a major two-way road and walking all the way to the river anticipating a restaurant, not a glorified snack shack which is what CV until they prove otherwise.

  2. I think City Vineyard is just lovely. I don’t find it at all pretentious. I’ve been there three times and everyone I took loved it (their rosé is amazing.) Eater isn’t really being fair…CV isn’t ready to serve a full menu yet, they’re just offering a few appetizers. Regardless, I never planned go there for the food…the whole point is to sip some wine on the water and watch the sun set (and you can go with your dog, if you sit downstairs.)

    • Agree with Elisa completely on City Vineyard. Great place to have a drink and small plates. Staff was more than friendly both times we’ve been there.

  3. I went late in July when they were still in test phase and thought it was a welcome addition to the neighborhood. A nice place to have a drink outside during a heatwave. The staff was just fine and couldn’t have been more welcoming.