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A scene from the latest NYC hot spot? No, the residents-only restaurant at 432 Park Avenue. (Image via Macklowe Properties) A scene from the latest NYC hot spot? No, the residents-only restaurant at 432 Park Avenue. (Image via Macklowe Properties)
February 14 falls on a Sunday this year, but New York City restaurateurs and hospitality workers are getting an early valentine: Between the rise in coronavirus vaccinations (not to mention eligibility of restaurant workers to receive them) and falling numbers of new cases and hospitalizations, Governor Cuomo has allowed restaurants to resume indoor dining at 25 percent capacity starting Friday, February 12.

When it is safe for city life to fully resume, the first thing many people will want to do is go to their favorite restaurant without having to bundle up. Some New Yorkers, however, won’t even have to put on their coats: Residents-only restaurants used to be a hallmark of prestigious prewar cooperatives - think the Georgian Room at 960 Fifth Avenue - but the developers of some of today’s most luxurious condominiums have teamed up with top chefs for restaurants that even the best-connected New Yorkers can’t get into without buying a home at a certain address.
CUT-03 We'll drink to that! (Cocktail image via Wolfgang Puck)
While residents-only restaurants endow an undeniable cachet, this particular perk has not caught on in the way amenities like gyms, hammams, or meditation studios have. Apartments in these buildings come with an annual dining minimum and monthly restaurant/dining fee; in the manner of co-op maintenance and condo common charges, such fees are scaled to the size of apartments. When 15 Central Park West was still in the works, Zeckendorf Development expressed concerns about finding a chef that could live up to residents’ lofty standards. But even a Michelin-star chef is no guarantee of smooth sailing: 432 Park Avenue is the home of an exclusive restaurant overseen by Shaun Hergatt, and residents have gotten restive about its limited hours of operation and an annual dining requirement that surged to $15,000.
The woes at 432 Park Avenue aren’t the only challenges faced by New York residential buildings with restaurants, exclusive or not. Between the global pandemic, frequent visits from the Health Department, and the tarnished reputation of co-founder Mario Batali, Otto permanently closed its doors in 1 Fifth Avenue in fall 2020. Residents of One Hundred East Fifty Third Street have enjoyed special privileges at not one but two Alain Verzeroli restaurants in the building, but Le Jardinier and Shun have temporarily closed. Reopening dates have not yet been provided here, nor at restaurants in hotels with residential units like The Carlyle, J.W. Marriott Essex House, and Residences at the Mandarin Oriental due to upheavals in the hospitality industry. And even before the first case was reported, New York institution Le Cirque had closed its outpost in One Beacon Court and was searching for a new Upper East Side address.
However, none of that is to say that restaurants have retreated from residential buildings. We take a look at Manhattan residential buildings with dining options, both open to the public and exclusive to residents. And New Yorkers who are not ready to return to indoor dining will not be shut out this year; 6sqft presents a list of special takeout menus, edible gifts, and virtual events from New York’s top restaurants.

40-Broad-Street-01 All images of 40 Broad Street via Compass
With amenities like a two-story lobby, state-of-the-art fitness center, billiards room, screening room, and indoor/outdoor rooftop lounge, 40 Broad Street has set high standards for office-to-residential conversions in Lower Manhattan. Residents also enjoy access to Reserve Cut, a sophisticated take on the classic New York steakhouse.
Reserve-Cut-01 All restaurant images via Reserve Cut

5-Beekman-Street-01 The Beekman Residences via CityRealty
5-Beekman-Street-02 Interiors via Douglas Elliman
At The Beekman Residences, residents are just an elevator ride away from the exclusive amenities and services provided by The Beekman, a high-end boutique hotel. Among them is Temple Court, a restaurant run by Tom Colicchio of Craft fame. Not only have residents been able to enjoy in-room dining from the restaurant, but they also have access to priority reservations.
Temple-Court-01 All images of Temple Court via Crafted Hospitality

30-Park-Place-01 Images of The Four Seasons Private Residences via The Corcoran Group
The tower housing The Four Seasons Private Residences looks right out of the Jazz Age, but the apartments and amenities within go beyond the wildest dreams of today's buyers. In addition to a suite of residents-only amenities, owners have access to the Four Seasons Hotel's amenities and services, which include CUT, Wolfgang Puck's first New York restaurant and bar.
CUT-01 All images of CUT via Wolfgang Puck

180-West-58th-Street-01 All images of The Alwyn Court via Compass
While the new supertall condos of Billionaires' Row have literally cast The Alwyn Court in shadow, none have yet outshone this cooperative as far as exquisite craftsmanship and rich history are concerned. The prestige of this New York City Landmark extends to its restaurant tenant: The Petrossian name is synonymous with Parisian caviar, and its New York outpost is home to a cafe and boutique.
Petrossian-01 Restaurant images via Petrossian

25-Columbus-Circle-01 All images of Time Warner Center via The Corcoran Group
Apartments in the Time Warner Center are beautifully situated above Central Park and Lincoln Center. The full-service building is home to luxurious, exclusive amenities like a state-of-the-art fitness center, windowed lap pool, and roof deck with Hudson River views, and some of New York's top shopping and dining can be found just an elevator ride away. This includes Per Se, Thomas Keller's three-Michelin-starred restaurant featuring his signature nine-course tasting menu.
Per-Se-01 All images of Per Se via Thomas Keller

1-Central-Park-West-01 Images of 1 Central Park West via Brown Harris Stevens
As spectacular as the views of Central Park are from the high-floor homes, they are far from the only draw at this towering Upper West Side building. Residents enjoy access to five-star hotel services and amenities as well as Jean-Georges, the Michelin-starred "jewel in Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten's empire" and epitome of fine dining in New York City.
Jean-Georges-01 Images via Jean-Georges Restaurants

15-Central-Park-West-1 15 Central Park West via Zeckendorf Development
15-Central-Park-West-02 Interiors via Brown Harris Stevens
In the years since the residents-only restaurant at 15 Central Park West opened, it has emerged as a popular place for Mothers’ Day brunch and watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade live. More recently, while some restaurants had to scramble to set up outdoor dining when Open Streets was announced last spring, the dining room off the lobby had no such worries: It has an outdoor space for al fresco meals.

432-Park-Avenue-1 432 Park Avenue via Macklowe Properties
Throughout his esteemed hospitality career, Michelin-starred chef Shaun Hergatt has made a name for himself all over the world. His New York projects include SHO Shaun Hergatt, Juni, and, most recently, 432 Park Avenue. In addition to offering catering and in-room dining to residents, the building also offers a 19th floor restaurant with an award-winning design by Bentel & Bentel. The space offers spectacular views and a 5,000-square-foot terrace overlooking 57th Street.
432-Park-Avenue-04 Restaurant images via Bentel & Bentel

220-Central-Park-South-1 220 Central Park South via Vornado Realty Trust
220 Central Park South has attracted luminaries in finance (Ken Griffin, owner of the most expensive condo ever sold) and music (Sting), and now it can add culinary stars to its ranks: According to the New York Post, permits have been filed for a 54-seat, second-story private eatery operated by Michelin star chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Further details on the menu are not yet available, but it is just down the street from the critically acclaimed Jean-Georges.

217-West-57th-Street-1 Pool deck via Extell Development
Central Park Tower is the world's tallest residential building, and its 50,000-square-foot Central Park Club is home of the world's highest ballroom. It also features a cigar lounge, wine lounge, bar, dining room, and a full-service kitchen. While the names of Michelin-starred chef and the lifestyle expert selected to work with the building remain under wraps, the development team tells us they are names we already know.

Honorable Mention
35-Hudson-Yards-01 All images of 35 Hudson Yards via Related/Oxford Property Group
One of the benefits of living in Hudson Yards is being a stone's throw from luxurious restaurants. Among them is the Hudson Yards outpost of Estiatorio Milos. When it reopens on February 14, visitors will be able to enjoy critically acclaimed Mediterranean food, not to mention spectacular views of The Vessel, The Shed, and other eye-catching architecture in New York's newest neighborhood.
Estaitorio-Milos-01 All restaurant images via Estiatorio Milos

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