Twenty Three Grand Opens in NYC Just in Time for Al Fresco Dining

Located in the Heart of SoHo on the Corner of Grand and Thompson, the Neighborhood Restaurant by Chef Ashley Rath Cultivates Community Through Art & Food
Twenty Three Grand Opens in NYC Just in Time for Al Fresco Dining
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As the weather heats up so will the corner of Grand and Thompson streets with the opening of New York City’s newest neighborhood dining destination and namesake, Twenty Three Grand. Helmed by Executive Chef Ashley Rath (Saint Theo’s, Gramercy Tavern, Major Food Group’s The Grill and Santina) and concepted from the minds of hospitality veteran David Rabin (American Bar, Temple Bar, The Lambs Club) and James Julius (Major Food Group’s’ ZZ’s, The Grill, Carbone and Annabel’s in London) the menu features global flavors and elevated classics with a Mediterranean flair. All within a sun-soaked atrium beneath a retractable roof, ideal for al fresco dining.

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“Just on the border of SoHo and Tribeca, we are hoping to welcome both locals and people from all over the city. Twenty Three Grand feels fresh yet timeless all at once. Our hope is to become a go-to New York spot,” said restaurant partner and hospitality veteran David Rabin (American Bar, Temple Bar, The Lambs Club) in a statement. “From casual after-work drinks to late-night dinners with a group, the fluidity of the space is intended to mold to the needs of the guest and the occasion. Ashley’s fresh take on beloved dishes and the intimacy and energy of the room should be attractive to all.”

Created by a female-led kitchen, all the dishes are shareable. Dishes include Caviar Service inclusive of spicy tuna and homemade tater tots; a Zucchini Tower with crispy chips and tzatziki, and Crudité as photographable as it is edible with three house-made dips. Additional menu highlights include a selection of raw items from Tuna Tostada with guajillo, lime, scallion, and hazelnut; Beef Carpaccio with arugula, mushroom, dijon, and cornichons; pastas like the Cherry Pomodoro with angel hair and Sicilian olive oil; and dishes for two like the Whole Grilled Branzino with royal trumpet mushrooms and mint salsa verde and the Bone in Veal Milanese. The menu also features vegetable-forward dishes such as the Carrot Carpaccio with olive oil, white pepper, date, and walnut; a selection of four salads perfect for sharing or as a main; and Cauliflower Steak with beluga lentils, red onion, tomato.

“Twenty Three Grand pulls inspiration from a variety of things including my mother’s recipes and some of the world’s top restaurants that I have been lucky enough to have both visited and worked in,” said Executive Chef Ashley Rath. “Working with the team to come up with dishes that will bring people together, again and again, has allowed us to create something that is fresh but familiar, lively but elevated. There’s truly something here for everyone to enjoy.”

Designed by stylist and interior design consultant Melissa Bowers, the indoor-outdoor space embodies livable luxury. Drawing inspiration from Philip Johnson’s Glass House and Europe’s atrium cafes such as Berlin’s Literaturhaus, the 2,700 square foot space artfully combines vintage pieces and lush textures. A romantic sensibility is infused into the space through custom velvet and leather banquettes, Brochier textiles, vintage Murano frosted glass sconces, Jean Cocteau wallpaper from Lelièvre, and preserved trees and greenery that further bring nature indoors.

To bring Twenty Three Grand to life, the team tapped Jay Schwartz, Executive Creative Director for Once Upon a Time Hospitality to oversee the branding.

The restaurant revolves around a one-of-a-kind, carefully curated art collection. Locals and visitors alike can dine under museum-quality pieces like Rashid Johnson’s “Or Down You Fall,” or admire KAWS’ “Good Intentions,” as they sip pre-dinner cocktails at the bar.

Twenty Three Grand is located at 23 Grand Street, New York, New York, open for dinner Tuesday – Saturday and weekend brunch.

Lisa Hay

Lisa is a staff reporter for What Now Media Group. She covers new restaurant, retail, and real estate openings across all of our markets. A true foodie, this Air Force veteran has lived all over the world — from Aviano, Italy to Nairobi, Kenya — but her favorite spot is NOLA for its rich history, architecture, culture, and of course, its good eats.
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