Talde Team Opening Several Large Venues at 50 Bowery Hotel

50 Bowery Rendering/Architect Peter Poon.

50 Bowery Rendering/Architect Peter Poon.

There’s big news in Chinatown this afternoon. The team behind Talde in Brooklyn is bringing several large-scale restaurant/nightlife establishments to the new Joie de Vivre Hotel, opening this coming fall at 50 Bowery.

Celebrity chef Dale Talde, David Massoni and John Bush created a mini-restaurant empire after opening the cutting edge, Asian-inspired Park Slope restaurant in 2012. According to documents filed with Community Board 3, they plan to create four separate venues at the 22-story boutique hotel.

They’re envisioning a 150-seat restaurant tentatively called “Second Floor Breezeway.” It will be open from 8 a.m.-midnight. There’s also a cellar bar called “The Green Lady” with 119 seats, live music and nightly DJ’s. It’s proposed operating hours are 5 p.m.-4 a.m. On the ground floor, the team hopes to open a venue called “Rice & Gold.” Diagrams indicate 218 seats and a 10-seat bar, as well as an outdoor space. On the 19 floor, a space called “Top Floor,” includes another outdoor space and decor meant to simulate an old-time New York City park. It would close at 2 a.m.

The menu in the cellar bar includes “dim sum-style” service, a prime rib cart, raw bar cart and Peking duck cart. At Rice & Gold, menu choices include: hand-pulled noodles with braised rabbit, Thai fried chicken, a 24 ounce prime rib and whole-roasted Dover sole. The top floor will feature floor-to-ceiling windows, “classic viewfinders strategically spaced around the space,” old-style lamp posts, park benches and hot dog carts. Options in the bar include Jamaican jerk dogs, Berlin brat dogs and Korean BBQ dogs.

The application will be considered by Community Board 3 Feb. 16.  See the full app below and check out our previous coverage of the Joie de Vivre Hotel here.  In short, the project is being built by Chinatown’s Chu family, which has owned the property for decades. The 225-room hotel is part of a boutique chain operated as a division of Commune Hotels & Resorts.  In the CB3 paperwork, Alex Chu is listed as one of the liquor license applicants, along with the Talde partners.

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Inside 50 Bowery. Photos by Adam Woodward.

Inside 50 Bowery. Photos by Adam Woodward.

On Sunday, we reported that a local preservationist had possibly uncovered evidence of the Revolutionary War-era Bull’s Head Tavern beneath the Bowery.  The New York Times has now picked up on the story and that preservationist, Adam Woodward, has gone public with a video and lots of photos from the scene of a potentially major historic discovery.

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20 Elizabeth Street.

20 Elizabeth Street.

If you’ve walked down Elizabeth Street below Canal lately, you might have noticed the plywood on the east side of the block, alongside the former storefront of South China Garden, the popular restaurant that closed a couple of years ago, and Jing Fong, Chinatown’s largest restaurant. What’s going on here? For many years, Chinatown property owner Alex Chu has been planning to build a hotel on the site, which extends through to 50-52 Bowery. In 2009, the Real Deal reported that Chu, president of Eastbank, planned a 27-story tower with hotel rooms, apartments and retail. Like so many other development proposals, it’s taken a long time to come to fruition.