‘Times’ Building Gets Restaurant, Staffers Get Bar

New York Times Building

The new restaurant will be to the left, overlooking these nice trees.Photo: Nic Lehoux

The next restaurant at the base of the New York Times building promises to bring a brace of Milanese swagger to the towers inner lobby. Montenapo by BiCE, run by the 80-year-old upscale chain and named for a Milan street full of fashion-design firms, faces architect Renzo Pianos inner birch-tree courtyard and expects to cater parties in the ballroom space under the buildings auditorium. And while the name may evoke the rag trade, interior designer Studio A is charged with crossbreeding garden-gazing and table-hopping. But a mod look will not necessarily translate to faddish food. I cant do anything better than Italian food, says BiCE CEO Roberto Ruggeri. Call it northern Gallian classica with influences from American bistro.

He promises a casual, elegant approach to the BiCE formula, with prices a fifth less than what you pay at BiCEs East 54th Street flagship. It will be more modern than the usual Italian restaurant, so you can come just for a beautiful salad or appetizer, Ruggeri says. But we are not serving small plates or tapas or things like that. And the best news of all for Times employees? We have a large bar that is going to be open all day, Ruggeri promises. We are in a very active building, so Im sure there will be an active bar life. We welcome the return of the hard-drinking, hard-boiled beat reporter. Alec Appelbaum

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