The Standard Grill Opens at The Standard New York Today
The Standard Grill has finally opened to the public at the Standard New York and its debut seems to be the only bright spot in the rain-soaked city. Chef Dan Silverman of Lever House has created the restaurant's chophouse fare but the restaurant is still in a soft-opening phase so only dinner is served. Breakfast, lunch and late night service will begin "in the next two weeks or so," according to a hotel rep.
Some background on the restaurant: Hotelier Andre Balazs wanted this restaurant to fit in with the rest of the Meatpacking district, having devised a somewhat elaborate story as to how this restaurant would have come into existence otherwise. According to him, it would have been a butcher shop before expanding to serve some light fare and drinks and then finally becoming a full-fledged restaurant. Indeed, the restaurant looks like it was here first even though it's adjacent to the funky Standard Hotel. And inside you can almost see the evolution Balazs envisioned.
The restaurant was designed by NY-based firm Roman and Williams. The front room is a white room with a blonde wood bar, tiled flooring and smaller tables. But as you walk to the back, the restaurant opens to reveal vaulted ceilings and red leather banquettes. Look down at your feet and you will see the entire floor of the restaurant is inlaid with real pennies. Out back, there's a biergarten under the support beams of the city's newest park, The High Line. Now, if only the weather would cooperate.
Meanwhile, Nana Banana captured the man candy out front also known as the bellmen who continue to make girls nervously check their hairdo's and reapply their lip gloss. However, these dudes pale in comparison to the original Standard front door hottie, Andre Balazs himself.