The Grungy Gentleman features The Chester

http://grungygentleman.com/post/view/the-chester

THE CHESTER

New Restaurant Opens in Gansevoort Meatpacking

By: Ben Mueller | Photographer: Courtesy of The Chester

​You may not know that Chester A. Arthur, our twenty-first president, was in fact an American party animal: he was known for his heavy drinking and lavish soirees thrown at the White House (take that, Rutherford B. Hayes!). So it’s only fitting that the sleekest new eatery and bar opening this week in Meatpacking would take its name from the national playboy. The Chester, located inside the Gansevoort Hotel, offers nothing but freedom, including a wide menu of revamped American dishes and the choice of several diverse dining spaces sure to make any red-blooded American proud.

Inside, high ceilings and chandeliers make for a spacious dining room done up in slick black and white. The upstairs mezzanine is perfect for private dinner parties and VIP events…Mr. President, if you’re out there, take note. Outside, navy banquettes allow for crisp dining in the autumn air on one of the city’s busiest streets.

The fare is American, but expect anything but the stuffy classics. Entreés include Montauk pearl oysters with Tabasco mignonette, Maryland lump crab cakes, buttermilk fried chicken, and long bone short rib pot roast. Brunch begins in October, so keep an eye out for raised waffles with maple ice cream and blueberry syrup. Then there’s The Chester Skillet, quite possibly the reason Mr. Arthur put on so much weight while in office: chicken sausage, herb roasted potatoes, roasted tomatoes, cheddar, and a fried egg.

You can make your brunch a boozy one, but in a joint this classy, be sure to be a gent about it. Specialty cocktails include The Anvil, taking Don Julio, passion fruit, and agave nectar for a refreshing finish that won’t hit you over the head. The Mine Shaft, features Dickel, apple juice, and ginger beer, a sweet sip that’s way less dank, dusty, and full of canaries than you may imagine.

Aside from its swank dining space, The Chester offers food at Plunge Rooftop bar and Lounge at the top of the Gansevoort and 24/7 room service inside the hotel. So you’ll be able to get some of your new favorites in bed, just like our founding fathers would have wanted. The Chester is taking reservations now. So go forth, Grungy Americans. Do your duty.

Zagat Names The Chester One of The Hottest NYC Restaurants

image001

chester1

http://www.zagat.com/b/new-york-city/the-hottest-nyc-restaurant-trends#9

“The Meatpacking District Is Back

This trend may make you feel like you’re flashing back to 2003, but it’s actually the Meatpacking District that is dusting itself off and catching up with current culinary happenings. It currently plays host to four new restaurants that are actually putting focus on the food before the bottle service. The Chester in the Gansveoort Hotel is offering a menu of American comfort food, while La Cenita in the former Abe & Arthur’s space is dishing out Mexican fare from former La Esquina chef Akhtar Nawab. Tapas joint Toro recently touched down, arriving via Boston, and Tao is ready to open its second NYC location anyday in the Maritime Hotel space.”

source: zagat.com

NY Eater features The Chester as one of the hottest restaurants now

http://ny.eater.com/archives/2013/10/the_manhattan_heatmap_where_to_eat_right_now_7.php

The “It” crowd in Manhattan always want to know where the hottest spot is, where the best chefs are right now, where all their friends will be drinking happy hour. Thank you to ny.eater.com for including The Chester on that list! Their list “The Manhattan Heatmap: Where to Eat Right Now” which serves to highlight where are the crowds are flocking to, and right now folks, it seems The Chester is “IT”!!!

2013_eater_heatmap_!23 (1)

The Chester Opening and Bloomberg Interview

The Chester is NOW OPEN!!!!!

THE_CHESTER_5_SQ (3)

 

Brian Mazza (VP of Paige Hospitality) and Matt Shendall (President of Paige Hospitality) scored an interview with Pimm Fox on Bloomberg TV’s “Taking Stock” and chatted about the opening and concept behind The Chester.

Their number one recipe for success, as they have learned from all their other restaurants, is to open the right way. They took their time to perfect their food, with head chef Joe Tellus formally of Tao New York and Las Vegas, and make sure that the service was top notch. They did a total of 6 weeks of soft openings before the actual grand opening this week. They also took elements from restaurants they both love around the world and tied it all together with a touch of rustic charm.

They are also very clear during the interview that The Chester is not a sports bar! The Chester is an American eatery and bar infused with sports :) Prices are average for the area of town where the restaurant is located in the Meatpacking district (ie: $15 specialty drinks) and supply definitely meets demand for this part of town. Average consumer will be between 25-45 years old and have very expendable income. They intend to target a nice range of families, the happy hour crowd, and those looking for a sports scene yet in a high end dining environment.

The Chester has 150 indoor and 150 outdoor seats and will be open until 4:00 AM Thursday- Saturday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Matt and Brian both agree that their number one goal is to make sure consistency is the key to their success!

Opening Press for The Chester

The Chester is having its Grand opening this week so my friend Brain Mazza, VP of Paige Hospitality, sent out this release to inform everyone of this much anticipated event:

Paige Hospitality Group is proud to announce the opening of our newest property, The Chester. Located in the Gansevoort Hotel in NYC’s MeatPacking district, The Chester will be an upscale Eatery and al fresco dining location 

THE CHESTER, AN AMERICAN EATERY & BAR, OPENS SEPTEMBER 2013

IN THE GANSEVOORT MEATPACKING NYC 

Chef Sam Hazen and Paige Hospitality Group partner to bring the Meatpacking District a decadent American brasserie

image001 

New York, NY– September 2013 – This fall, Paige Hospitality Group will open The Chester inside the Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC hotel with Executive Chef Sam Hazen (Veritas). The American eatery and bar is set to open in early September, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, and brunch on weekends. With 150 seats outside and another 150 seats spanning across two levels inside, The Chester will also encompass the lobby bar inside the hotel and will provide 24/7 room service and banqueting services, as well as food for the Plunge Rooftop Bar + Lounge.

Renowned Chef Sam Hazen, who earned three stars at Veritas from The New York Times, will bring his extensive experience to The Chester to execute a menu of brasserie classics. Chef Sam will be accompanied by Chef de Cuisine Joe Tellus, who worked as his sous chef at Tao New York and Las Vegas. The duo will create traditional American dishes such as Montauk Pearl Oysters with Tabasco Mignonette; Roasted Chicken with Bone Marrow Mushroom Bread Pudding, Maple Brined Berkshire Pork Chop with Sweet Onions and Lardo Wrapped Apples and 45 Day Aged Creek Stone Farms 20 oz. Sirloin. There will also be an extensive bar menu, available until 4:00am Thursday through Saturday, providing an invaluable resource for those looking for quality dining options later in the evening. In the morning, breakfast and brunch options will include Raised Waffles with Maple Ice Cream and Blueberry Syrup, Butter Poached Lobster and Crab Meat Benedict and The Chester Skillet with Chicken Sausage, Herb Roasted Potatoes, Roasted Tomatoes, Cheddar and a Fried Egg.

With multiple rooms and levels, the restaurant can accommodate a variety of guests. The dining room, with its antique subway tiled walls and spacious ceilings, combines a rustic aesthetic with modern sophistication. The mezzanine level is accented with walnut tabletops and sharply contrasting olive leather couches to create a contemporary atmosphere. The outdoor decks have been expanded and revamped with plush banquettes and throw pillows, highlighting what is already the busiest corner in NYC,

 The Chester is open seven days a week serving breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7:00am-2:00am daily and open until 4:00am Thursday thru Saturday. For more information about The Chester, visit www.TheChesterNYC.com or call 212-660-6766.

 We will be open and taking reservations starting Thursday, September 19th. Please join us for dinner and drinks as soon as you can, we would love to have you!

Brian Mazza, VP Paige Hospitality Group