In the News: More Chibeca Restaurants and Bars

••• More Chibeca restaurants and bars: “The Walker Hotel, a 171-room hotel in a turn-of-the-century building at 396 Broadway, will feature a 3000-square-foot, 10-story rooftop lounge overlooking the city. The lounge, which has yet to be named, will feature artisanal cocktails and light bites. The hotel—from Bridgeton Holdings CEO Atit Jariwala—will also boast a 55-seat, ‘American-style’ restaurant on the ground floor serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, and a subterranean speakeasy, lounge-style space. A 2000-square-foot Blue Bottle Coffee cafe will also open in the lobby.” I’m not sure how much of that is really news, although when the rooftop bar first went in front of CB1, it was rejected. (I recall the hotel operators insisting that no one lives in the area.) I guess they succeeded on a subsequent attempt. P.S. The “more” in the first line refers to Au Cheval and the establishment possibly to be called Babcock’s. —New York Post

••• Frenchette devised a Thanksgiving menu for New York magazine. It’s as decadent as you’d expect—the recipe for Aligot Potatoes includes 1/2 cup milk, 3/4 cup cream, 2.25 sticks butter, and 16 ounces of cheese—given that “the dishes also happen to be similar to those available at the restaurant.”

••• Forgotten New York writes about the exquisite lobby at 32 Sixth Ave. Not sure why the site calls it the Verizon Building, when it’s generally known as the AT&T Long Distance Building.

•••”On November 15, Gucci will open the Gucci Wooster Bookstore, a shop dedicated to art and contemporary photography.” Oddly, it’s not on Wooster, but at 375 W. Broadway, between Spring and Broome. —New York (link broken)

••• New renderings of the building under construction at 77 Greenwich: The “42-story building rising from the ashes of the former Syms will be designed by FXCollaborative, and will have a slender glass tower rising from a blockier base. That base will also feature a new elementary school that will include the restored Robert and Anne Dickey House, which dates back to the early 19th century.” I doubt it’ll be as transparent as the rendering implies. –Curbed