Situated on the southeast corner of 42nd Street, overlooking Times Square between Broadway and Bryant Park, The Knickerbocker Hotel announces the launch of three unique dining venues in partnership with one of the nation’s most recognized master chefs, Charlie Palmer. On March 12, 2015, the legendary New York property will welcome Charlie Palmer at The Knick – The Knickerbocker’s signature full-service restaurant and bar, and JAKE’s @ The Knick – the hotel’s ground-level espresso bar. St. Cloud – the Hotel’s unrivaled 7,500-square-foot rooftop bar and terrace, is set to open Spring 2015.
“Developing the three restaurants, and the many integrated food and beverage components at The Knickerbocker, has been a true passion project for me for the last several years,” says Chef Charlie Palmer. “The landmark hotel, Times Square location, and historic significance have been inspiring for me as our team has worked for the past 16 months to create unique eating and drinking experiences throughout the property. Each outlet - Charlie Palmer at The Knick, JAKE’s @ The Knick, St. Cloud, and of course, Aureole - have been strategically designed to cater to the myriad of guests that will enter through the Hotel’s front doors.”
Located on the fourth floor of The Knickerbocker, the Hotel’s signature restaurant, Charlie Palmer at The Knick, offers a glamorous ambiance with its chic 100-seat design, and alluring bar and lounge with seating for over 40 guests. Designed by the Hotel’s New York City-based design firm, Gabellini Sheppard, the restaurant draws in guests with subtle romantic touches and textures like chainmail drapes, a Carrara marble bar top and finishes, elegant lighting, and an open action kitchen. With menus designed to provide a vast array of options for discerning New York palates, Charlie Palmer at The Knick serves breakfast and lunch in the dining room and dinner served in the adjacent bar room, with menus inspired by Palmer’s renowned progressive American cooking style. Additionally, the fourth floor is home to The Salon, the Hotel’s private event space that accommodates up to 250 guests.
With its accessible 42nd Street address, Charlie Palmer at The Knick is an ideal location for high-powered breakfast meetings complete with customized breakfast caddies featuring a selection of fresh juices, freshly baked breads and pastries, coffee and tea, and more. Lunch is seasonally driven with locally sourced items, while dinner offers a more intimate setting including signature menu items such as Scotch Quail Eggs with Pop Corn Shoots, Dijon, and Pancetta Aioli; Grilled Romaine Hearts with Garlic Breadcrumbs, Shaved Pecorino, and Honey-Lemon Emulsion; and The Knick Burger, a dry-aged custom blend patty topped with short ribs and Irish Cheddar served on a brioche bun made by Aureole baker, Peter Edris. The lunch and dinner menus designed by Chef Palmer and The Knickerbocker’s Executive Chef Cliff Denny will also feature The Knick Test Kitchen, a daily special menu featuring two to three variety meat offerings that will include dishes such as Veal Head Cheese and Flash Seared Sweetbreads.
Operating as the second portal entry to the hotel, JAKE’s @ The Knick honors John Jacob ‘Jakey’ Astor VI, the son of John Jacob Astor IV, who originally opened The Knickerbocker in 1906. Guests are welcomed through a barrel vaulted ceiling, creating a sanctuary for New York City locals and visitors alike. JAKE’s @ The Knick offers an all-day menu, featuring coffee and espresso provided by Brooklyn Roasting Company and artisanal flatbreads from Sullivan Street Bakery.
Opening Spring 2015, the highly anticipated rooftop bar, St. Cloud, will be the pinnacle of The Knickerbocker experience. Paying homage to the hotel’s first incarnation, St. Cloud will feature a seasonal menu with small plates expertly paired with a progressive cocktail program. The 7,500-square-foot space will be one of the most remarkable rooftop bars in New York City, complete with a signature cigar lounge from celebrated tobacconist Nat Sherman, and the Waterford Crystal Lounge - a luxurious space featuring custom furniture from acclaimed British designer Jo Sampson, as well as glamorous Waterford bar and stemware. Offering both indoor and outdoor seating options, St. Cloud will offer all patrons a true, unforgettable New York experience.
“Each of The Knickerbocker dining venues has been designed to provide a distinct culinary experience,” said Chef Cliff Denny. “While exemplifying ‘made in New York,’ The Knickerbocker’s food and beverage program is guided by Charlie Palmer’s passion for market-driven ingredients and vibrant, unexpected flavors, creating unrivaled dining options at the crossroads of the world.”
To learn more, please visit www.TheKnickerbocker.com. Stay updated on news and happenings at The Knickerbocker by following @TheKnickNYC. To stay connected with The Knickerbocker’s restaurants, be sure to follow @CPatTheKnick, @JakesAtTheKnick and @StCloudNYC.
About The Knickerbocker
The Knickerbocker will be a monument to New York’s coming of age. Originally opened in 1906 by John Jacob Astor IV, the hotel welcomed both glitterati and dignitaries, offering the first true multidimensional lifestyle experience. Registered as a New York City Landmark since 1988, the legacy of The Knickerbocker returns to the southeast corner of 42nd Street overlooking Times Square, between Broadway and Bryant Park, revealing an elegant, luxury lifestyle hotel offering 330 guest rooms including 31 suites, a fitness center, a 2,200-square-foot event space for up to 250 guests, a ground level grab-and-go café, signature restaurant and bar, and a 7,500-square-foot rooftop bar and terrace with unrivaled views of New York City’s effervescent skyline.
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