What's the Deal With Dining at The Hotel on Rivington?
Poor Hotel on Rivington; the beautiful, airy space on its first floor (otherwise known as its restaurant) has been through a hellish five years with its chefs and its ever-changing identity. According to Down By the Hipster, the curse continues as THOR switches up its chefs yet again to bring in Matt Levine, owner of New York's notoriously "secret" lounge The Eldridge.
Since we have our own history with the THOR restaurant space, including but not limited to private parties and continental breakfasts, we sincerely hope that Levine makes it work when he re-opens the space in 3-4 weeks time. As it stands now, the hotel itself and even its second-floor lounge with pool table attracts a healthy stream of Euro-chic hipsters, but the restaurant sends them running for the hills (or SoHo). Let's think of this THOR switch-up like the movie Field of Dreams; give the Lower East Siders and the tourists who love them a place high-priced and yet faux-grungy enough to make them feel happy and comfy. De-fancify it, and they will come.