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The Out NYC Spells 'Ktchn' Weird, The Gansevoort Gets A New Toy

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June 27, 2012 at 9:32 AM | by | ()

We thought we'd be done, for a while, at least, announcing new hotel restaurants in New York City. But of course, we're not, as New York never slows down for a second, and keeping up with the hotel scene is like trying to start a conversation with a squirrel: the darn things just move too fast!

Anyway, this week saw the opening of two new hotel kitchens, and one of them is actually called Ktchn, though spelled without the "i" for extra cool points. That's the New American eatery adjacent to the lobby at The Out NYC, and, thankfully, Ktchn will be bean bag-free.

UPDATE, 10:50pm: The Out NYC alerted us to the fact that while it's exciting that Ktchn will have a gay mixologist, he's probably not the only gay mixologist in NYC, and subsequently shouldn't be advertised as such. Fair enough.

Meanwhile, over at Gansevoort Meatpacking, the hotel has scrapped the questionable Tanuki Tavern (which, in fact, made our list of hotel restaurants to avoid during Restaurant Week in 2010). In its place, the NY Times reports, comes a new concept titled simply Toy. The Times states:

"Derek and Daniel Koch, who are twins and specialize in dining and nightlife ventures, have teamed up with Jeffrey Chodorow’s China Grill Management to create this project. It includes an oyster bar, an outdoor terrace and a duplex restaurant indoors, all designed by Jeffrey Beers. Doron Wong, the executive chef, will serve lobster dumplings, shrimp toast “cigars” and mahogany chicken."

Yum, lobster dumplings! We don't make it down to that part of the city too much—unless we plan on catching the sunset from the High Line, or occasionally to check out the scene at The Standard—but a new oyster bar is certainly reason enough for us.

How this place will manage to compete with The Standard's brand new "seasonal fare" outdoor restaurant, The Standard Plaza, remains to be seen. But, judging from our initial impressions, it sounds like they will be two very different restaurants.

So, now we've told you about six total new hotel restaurants in NYC (three plus one plus two). Which one will you be dining at? Let us know in the comments below!

[Photo: The Out NYC]

Archived Comments:

Not the only gay Mixologist in NYC

Leo Robitschek the famed Mixologist from 11 Madison Park and The NoMad Hotel is gay.