Todd English’s Thompson Hotel project, whose existence we announced last November, is finally ready to go, with a name, opening date, and other such helpful details. The former? Libertine (highly appropriate, given the chef) and the latter, this fall. All the info, in the breathless language of the press release, after the jump.
NEW YORK—(July 21, 2008) Internationally renowned chef Todd English has just announced plans to open The Libertine, his newest dining destination located in the Thompson Hotel Group’s stylish Gild Hall. Opening this September, The Libertine will offer guests two floors of luxury, comfort and class in a rich setting. Designed with strong colors of maroon and gold and finished with gleaming mahogany wood and golden light fixtures, The Libertine will evoke a cozy yet sleek London Clubhouse of the 1970s.
Classic meets contemporary at this culinary hotspot where Todd English reinterprets pub fare to bring you the ultimate modern English tavern. The menu features traditional favorites with sly twists, creative small plates, and a full raw bar. Guests will dine on crispy oyster and avocado Caesar salad, caviar sliders, and Berkshire pork chop schnitzel with peaches and greens, while the lively bar showcases imaginative house cocktails, an impeccably curated artisan beer selection and an impressive wine list. The upstairs Library Bar will offer full dining, as well as an extensive spirit and cordial menu.
Overseeing the cuisine with English will be Executive Chef Eben Leonard, a native New Yorker and longtime senior member of Todd English’s culinary team. Most recently, Chef Leonard was the Executive Chef of Todd English’s Bonfire Restaurant in Boston. Prior to that, Chef Leonard was at Olives NY in Union Square for six years.
“I am thrilled to be opening The Libertine with Thompson Hotels. The Financial District is such a dynamic, exciting area, and I hope that The Libertine will be both a hot destination for New Yorkers and visitors alike, as well as be a welcome addition to the neighborhood restaurant scene for downtown locals.”
The Libertine will be located at 15 Gold Street in New York’s Wall Street District, in the Jim Walrod-designed Gild Hall, currently one out of 8 hotels for Thompson Hotels.