The James New York hotel opened on the corner of Grand and Thompson today, but were told the restaurant where David Burke will likely be chef (still no official announcement) wont open until November 1. This much is set in stone: Thomas Schlesser is signed on to design the semi-subterranean dining room, and were told hes aiming for a cross between the industrial feel of DBGB and the more organic vibe of the Publican.
Above, therell be a 100-seat urban garden (shown here) featuring a more casual version of the menu. On the roof, were told that David Rabin (formerly of Lotus and more recently of the Lambs Club) and Hotel Griffou partners Larry Poston and Johnny Swet will operate a masculine, almost speakeasy bar. Look out, A60.