First Look at Old Rose at the Jane Hotel From the Owners of the Smile

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Pizza, pasta, and more at Old Rose. Photo: Liz Clayman

When Sean MacPherson set out to find new operators for the space vacated by Cafe Gitane in his Jane Hotel, he didn’t have to look far. Matt Kliegman and Carlos Quirarte were already running the Jane Ballroom and rooftop, in addition to their own mini-fiefdom of the Smile and its takeout outposts. Their new restaurant, Old Rose, opens Thursday for dinner, and thereafter will offer three meals a day plus a late-night menu Thursday to Saturday — virtually continuous service for a neighborhood that Kliegman says he’s seen transform with the arrivals of the High Line and the Whitney, and an influx of new retail and office space.

As long as hotels have had restaurants, of course, people have been trying to reinvent them, either by attaching the names of celebrity chefs, or striving to dissociate the food from the lodging in the minds of jaded locals. At Old Rose, the partners aim to accomplish this feat through “healthyish Italian, with pizza,” according to Kliegman, and prices meant to appeal to both New Yorkers and guests at the budget hotel. The man behind the menu is Joey Scalabrino, a Soho native who’s cooked around New York from La Esquina to Lighthouse in Williamsburg. Bread is at its center — both a house-baked sourdough and the roster of pizzas that Scalabrino will bake in a gas-fired deck oven. The young chef has taken inspiration from restaurants he admires around the world: His vodka-sauce-and-burrata pie is a nod to one at Jon & Vinny’s in Los Angeles; his breakfast plates reflect the simplicity and bread-centrality of Christian Puglisi’s Mirabelle bakery in Copenhagen; and the rose-patterned napkins are the same ones you’ll find at Bar Pitti. “Obviously, we all love Bar Pitti,” he says.

Old Rose will provide room service to hotel guests, which Scalabrino says might take the low-key form of pizza delivered in boxes. And to drink, there will be a focus on natural wines, a draft beer from every borough, and a Negroni and a Black Manhattan on tap.

Here’s a look at the space and some of the dishes you’ll find morning, noon, and night at Old Rose.

Pickled and roasted vegetables. Photo: Liz Clayman
The chef refers to this one fondly as the salami salad pie. (There’s also olives, onions, Little Gem lettuce, and Gouda.) Photo: Liz Clayman
Stracciatella and marinated tomatoes. Photo: Liz Clayman
The Japanese-Italian-American baked clams with yuzukosho. Photo: Liz Clayman
Housemade bucatini with Bolognese sauce. Photo: Liz Clayman
Scalabrino became obsessed with sourdough after a trip to Copenhagen. “I grew up eating hero rolls,” he says. Photo: Liz Clayman
Speaking of heroes: The Italian combo on a Caputo’s seeded roll. Photo: Liz Clayman
The American is one breakfast option. (There’s also an Italian version.) Photo: Liz Clayman
The bar has beer and cocktails on tap. Photo: Liz Clayman
Sean MacPherson designed the space; artwork is by Stefano Castronovo. Photo: Liz Clayman

113 Jane St., at West St.; 212-255-4143

Old Rose Opens at the Jane Hotel in the West Village