David Rabin and Hotel Griffou Team Will Bring Rooftop Lounge to James New York

Photo: Courtesy of James New York

The James New York hotel opened on the corner of Grand and Thompson today, but we’re told the restaurant where David Burke will likely be chef (still no official announcement) won’t open until November 1. This much is set in stone: Thomas Schlesser is signed on to design the semi-subterranean dining room, and we’re told he’s aiming for a cross between the industrial feel of DBGB and the more organic vibe of the Publican.

Above, there’ll be a 100-seat “urban garden” (shown here) featuring a more casual version of the menu. On the roof, we’re 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.