Marc Forgione will leave Reade and move to Hudson

Marc Forgione, whose eponymous restaurant has been on Reade just off Hudson since 2007, will move his operation to the former Brushstroke space at 30 Hudson and close the current restaurant. The move should take place sometime in February 2022. Nothing about the restaurant will change — in fact the spaces are similar in size (60 seats in the dining room, 24 in the bar) and the menu will be the same. Brushstroke closed in September 2018 after seven years in the space.

The Community Board 1 Licensing Committee approved his application last month — I am just catching up here. But listening to the meeting was torture. First the committee tried to get Forgione to come back next month — after they did the same thing in May (and he obliged). Then an upstairs neighbor tried to get Forgione to change his operating hours so the last seating would take place at 9:30 on weekdays, 10 on the weekends. (The hours requested were till 1 on the weekdays, 2 on the weekends, same as the current restaurant.)

The whole discussion was really sad and made me wonder where people think they live, or even where they *want* to live — or maybe it just proves we deserve the “Triburbia” moniker. Folks were pushing back against a respected — even celebrated — chef whose operation here in Tribeca has been not only a mainstay for 14 years, but one that had not a single complaint mid-block on a cross street.

Still:

“We have a problem with the closing time — these hours are too late for a residential neighborhood and residential building,” the resident said. “We don’t want people rolling down the street at 1 and 2 a.m.”

Another resident maintained that Hudson is a quiet street, much more so than Reade: :”We are a residential building on a residential street.” Of course the avenues are not residential on the ground floor — that stretch of Hudson is almost entirely commercial, including that building and block, which is entirely commercial on the ground floor.

TBD: a new tenant for Forgione’s space on Reade…

 

27 Comments

  1. If people want suburbia they should move to suburbia. If they want a gated community Im sure there are some in Englewood nj. This is NYC and there should be noise all night. Im glad you posted this. I need to start paying attention to the agendas and attending and commenting in favor of these restaurants.
    Im from NYC and I lived in San Francisco for a bit. The people here who complain about hours should move to SF. Its cottages by the sea mentality and last call for dinner at 9 would suit them just fine.

  2. Plus, this is a Restaurant, not a club… if it was a club i agree 100% it would be extremely disruptive, but a restaurant like this has never been a problem. And their existence make our neighborhood so much better!

  3. Totally agree. Move to the suburbs then. We need well lit nice restaurants in our neighborhood.

  4. My building would welcome a restaurant like Marc Forgione with open arms! Those residents are lucky to have a business like that in their building.

  5. The new Hudson location should also have a pretty sweet outdoor dining area since it extends around the corner onto Duane Street where Khe-Yo and Weather Up are. Really looking forward to it. Hopefully some other restaurant takes their old space as well.

    Absurd to complain about places of this caliber choosing our neighborhood when they can go anywhere in the city, especially after the challenges faced this past year. Forgione’s popup BBQ on Reade was one of very few highlights. And with the ongoing concerns of public safety, we need active streets and occupied storefronts, not empty streets and vacancy.

  6. Our bedroom windows face Hudson and there is a bar across the street. We don’t always want to hear the late night noise BUT we are glad the bar is there and we want it to do well. So we turn on some white noise and move along.

    We are a small, not heavily trafficked neighborhood and we should welcome businesses that want to set up shop here and be a part of our community. They help to make our neighborhood vibrant and safe. Marc is/has been involved with three restaurants in Tribeca. It sounds like they are good neighbors, plus they support causes like Taste of Tribeca and shop at the local Greenmarket. So welcome, good luck and we will definitely come by!

  7. Is there any organizing to have that particular block of Duane Street converted into a permanent pedestrian-only street (with permanent outdoor seating and landscaping for restaurants and the neighborhood?

    The “safe street” program over the past year has been fantastic for Duane and similar streets; if there were a block in our area that is particularly well-suited to pedestrian-only usage, that block is it.

  8. The whining for such an upscale place just needs to stop.

  9. Tribeca has been a restaurant destination spot in NYC forever.
    Marc has been a wonderful neighbor and all three of his restaurants amazing and very thoughtful establishments. When Marc first came to Tribeca he hosted a table at Taste of Tribeca even before his restaurant was open. Through the years he has been a part of every fundraiser for the schools. He and his staff worked tirelessly through the height of the pandemic to provide meals for frontline workers and ran fundraising efforts to help his staff. He is also Chef Ambassador for Chefs for Kids Cancer, City Harvest, and Feeding America. What more do you people want in a neighbor? Leave already!!!!

  10. Tribeca was becoming suburbafied when I left it over 10 years ago. Judging by this article things have only gotten worse. It’s sad to see a good neighbor and celebrated chef being subjected to the petty whims of folks who are suburbanites at heart. Tribeca is already one of the cleanest, quietest and safest neighborhoods in the city. Anyone who thinks otherwise really has no business living in New York City

  11. It’s heartening to read this suite of pro-Forgione, pro-vibrancy, pro-commerce comments. Bravo to our editor Pam for once again setting the tone.

  12. Just to add to all the above comments. I live on Hudson Street, next door to Bubby’s. It’s fantastic to walk out in the morning and see the long lines of people waiting to dine there and to hear them at night enjoying the themselves. This is New York City. I moved here 14 years ago to enjoy the energy and vibrancy of one of the greatest 24 hour cities on the planet. Delighted Marc F and his restaurant will be joining us on Hudson (and even more so that they are staying in the area).

    I agree with Patrick V above that we will all need to start paying more attention to when these hearings are and making sure we all attend to speak up in favor of restaurants, bars and a vibrant and active community. This is not suburbia, it’s Manhattan.

  13. Responsible restaurant owners make the neighborhood a vibrant place to live. Specifically Mr. Forgone has been, not just respectful to his neighbors, but truely an asset to Tribeca. Wish him the all our best wishes at his new location.

  14. Thanks you Marc, for your continued commitment to our neighborhood.

    Your restaurant has been our go-to for the last 11 years. Every meal was exciting, and memorable…and while we will miss the casual Paris vibe on Reade, our bet is it be equally cool on Hudson.

    And to the misinformed, complaining about potential for noise and rowdy behavioral fears (have you ever even been to his restaurant, or even walked past it at any hour of the night? It’s always feels like why we call Tribeca home!), grow up, or please move to NJ.

  15. I have lived directly across the street from Forgione for a decade and have always considered it a joy to have such a lovely and conscientious operation for a neighbor. It is a pleasure in the evenings to see life and such a beautiful front of house, and even better on the nights we we were able to pop across the street and have dinner or a drink in such a warm, buzzy atmosphere. We rooted for them every day of the pandemic and wish them every success in their new home. This is a loss for Reade Street, but a relief to know they’re not going far. Hopefully their new neighbors will learn to appreciate what will no doubt be a boon for their block.

  16. Marc has been a gem of a member of the community. It’s sad that he had to endure that, but there are always a few complainers. Wishing him the best!

  17. I’m going to jump on the praise pile for Marc Forgione because it’s hard for anyone who’s ever worked with him or his group not to. Every part of NYC should be so lucky as to have a conscientious restaurateur/master chef like him in their midst. I hope this is settled soon, and for his continued success.

  18. Oh vomit.

    What the provincial entitlement?

    This is New York City people!!! You want quiet hours Karen, move to Montclair. Move out! Haven’t these people noticed (probably not) the number of empty commercial spaces in our neighborhood? As much as some think Tribeca should be all baby-centric and quiet, this is NYC, the greatest city in the world. How does someone think they are entitled to challenge Forgione’s reasonable (for nyc) operating hours? Last seatings at 9:30? 10:00? In NYC?!?!?! How are businesses supposed to prosper? Thank God Mr. Forgione continues to believe in Tribeca. Investments in our community such as Forgione’s are the reason your real estate is worth what it is. If fine dining establishments in our neighborhood aren’t your thing, leave.

    Please take your residential-minded mentality, your premium strollers, and your intolerance for real city living and have your white-glove-movers pack them in well protected boxes for prompt relocation to one of the bucolic burbs that border NYC. For sure your mentality will be more comfortable there.

    We raised a family in Tribeca because of the energy the city brought to us (and trust me, each year we’ve seen less and less of it).

    Bottom line of my rant; This is Forgione’s restaurant, not a rave. Put earplugs in if the noise of clanking silverware bothers you…or move.

  19. We have lived across Reade Street from Forgione since Marc opened, and we have never had a single reason to complain. We will miss their elegant presence on our block.

  20. My husband and I live in the building that Chef is moving his restaurant to. We have been patrons of Forge (we still reference the original name) since it’s conception. It is a fabulous space filled with friendly people and exciting food. We are so glad that this beautiful facade and incredible, pre-war, space will be recesitated with his presence. This may be a residential building but no Manhattan block is a residential block. Good luck to Marc and his team!

  21. Count me as another vote in favor of Archie Bunker’s
    infamous retort to all those (if there’s even more than one) objecting: STIFLE YOURSELF!
    Or failing that, move to suburbia and feel free to roll up the sidewalk at 9:30.

    On other hand, I doubt any on those objecting will ever see any of these comments and with a little luck: IT WON’T MATTER!

  22. Some of these comments are ridiculous and are clearly in someone’s pay to support the business in question. There is no way random people on the internet care about this community board decision.

    These are Tribeca citizens who have concerns. These are people who’ve lived in the neighborhood longer than Tribeca had a name, and certainly longer than you’ve been in pay of real estate speculators and liquor license expeditors. there are buildings neighborhoods all over manhattan that don’t want restaurants blasting music until 2AM, and the community board just rolled over. YOU don’t have to live or sleep near this, you can just drink and yell and make a mess on the street to your heart’s content and then go home to your quiet home on a sleepy block in the outer boroughs or suburbia.

    Bottom line: businesses should take the neighbors needs into consideration – this is the whole why we have liquor license approval processes through community boards.

    • Actually you sound like the paid troll. As a follower of this blog from the day Erik first launched, I recognize most of these contributors as frequent commenters and very passionate about the neighborhood and their neighbor’s concerns. Anyone who has lived in Tribeca for a while knows that restaurants (not clubs) are a mainstay of the neighborhood. Good respectful establishments such as Marc Forgione’s 3 restaurants are welcome in Tribeca and he has a proven track record as a great neighbor. The space where Marc is moving, as any lifelong Tribecan would know, has been an upscale restaurant for years. David Bouley’s Danube occupied the space when I first moved here and I have had the pleasure of dining at each of the sucessor restaurants over the years and look forward to visting Marc’s new place when it opens.

  23. I’m with Tribeca Mom: “Lifelong Tribecan” is the one who doesn’t sound as if lived here last century. I know I have. If you think I’m a paid troll think again. Of course, you can think anything you like: doesn’t make it true.

    You write “no way random people on the internet care about this community board decision.” That could be true, but what about Tribecans who read The Tribeca Citizen daily. We’re NOT random people, but Tribecans reading about our neighborhood. You might think about that possibility before you accuse people of being paid phonies.

    PS I’ve never eaten at the restaurant in question, so that has no bearing on my point of view.

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