Hotel Riverview Is All Goode (and MacPherson) Sean MacPherson and Eric Goode’s acquisition of downtown hotels continues apace! Today’s Sun confirms what Hotel Chatter swore was true the other day: The dudes behind the Maritime and Bowery hotels have added Jane Street’s Riverview Hotel to their portfolio — their plans for it were approved by the community business board last night. They intend to renovate the building — the former American Seaman’s Friend Society Sailors Home, which was occupied by sailors who survived the sinking of the Titanic and now houses Socialista — restoring its original, seafaring look but adding amenities like sunbathing decks for the rooms and bars that Zach Braff will undoubtedly enjoy.
Hotel Riverview Could Regain Its Sea Legs [NYS]
Dona Back and Cheaper Than Ever; Bowery Boys Spend Millions on West VillageBensonhurst: L&B Spumoni Gardens wants to cater your Christmas pizza dinner. [Lost City]
Dumbo: A liquor store is going in at 102 Jay Street next to Bridge Apothecary. [The Real Deal via Dumbo NYC]
Meatpacking District: Pizza Bar has closed just as Pop Burger rises. [Eater]
Midtown East: Dona returns at 206 East 58th Street … and it will be cheaper! [Restaurant Girl]
West Village: Eric Goode and Sean MacPherson have reportedly purchased the Riverview Hotel for $33 million. [Hotel Chatter via Down by the Hipster]
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Hotel Riverview to Be Hipified By the Goode-MacPhersons?It’s been rumored for weeks, and now the Website Hotel Chatter is saying that “a well credentialed tipster” has told them that Bowery Hotel duo Sean MacPherson and Eric Goode have purchased the Riverview Hotel, at 113 Jane Street, for $33 million. The Riverview, ranked 307 out of 338 on Trip Advisor, is in a great location but is in shitty shape; like the Whitehouse, which preceded the Bowery Hotel, it is basically a flophouse. So this is great news for residents of the Far West Village. Just think, now all the impoverished drunks and ne’er-do-wells who hang out there will be replaced by rich drunks and ne’er-do-wells.
Breaking News: Sean MacPherson and Eric Goode Fork Over 33 million for Hotel Riverview [Hotel Chatter]
Massive Pop Burger Opens in Midtown; Bowery Hotel Boys Considering Jane Street?Cobble Hill: Looking for a classic cocktail at an old-school price? Sam’s Pizzeria on Court Street in Brooklyn offers “not just the Martini and Manhattan, but the Side Car, Rob Roy, Pink Lady, Black Russian, Stinger, Rusty Nail, and Singapore Sling,” for only $6.50 a pop, though keep in mind “if you order one of these, there’s no telling what kind of drink you’ll get.” [Lost City]
East Village: Patricio Sandoval has returned from a trip to Oaxaca with a cache of recipes he’s now serving in a $30 prix fixe at Mercadito East and West. (Try the chile pasilla stuffed with pork picadillo.) [Grub Street]
Midtown East: A massive new Pop Burger opened this morning at 11 a.m. [Eater]
Midtown West: The Houses of Pita at 32 West 48th Street and 24 West 46th Street have both closed, though the owner is looking to reopen in new spaces. [Grub Street]
West Village: Could Eric Goode and Sean Macpherson’s new project be a boutique renovation of the Riverview Hotel, and, if so, could downstairs tenant Armin Amiri and his club Socialista be in cahoots with the baller duo? Just a few rumors to whet your hip-hotel appetite. [Down by the Hipster]
Le Bernardin Pastry Chef a Fan of Mason; Tour East Village Dumpling Master’sAstoria: A new wine bar on 35th Avenue at 30th Street called Rest-au-Rant features about 30 wines and beers — from Germany, New Zealand, Hawaii, Belgium, and France. [Joey in Astoria]
Dumbo: Waterstreet Restaurant and Lounge hosts carolers and expects dancing till late tonight as part of a holiday shopping promotion throughout the nabe. [Dumbo NYC]
East Village: A photo tour of the magical workshop of “Sun Le, the dumpling master who makes TKettle’s juicy little masterpieces.” [Eat for Victory/VV]
Lower East Side: Le Bernardin pastry chef Michael Laiskonis just had a great meal at Tailor and has “always been a fan of Sam Mason’s food.” [Restaurant Girl]
West Village: The Bowery Hotel’s Eric Goode and Sean McPherson are rumored to have closed a deal on another boutique hotel, at an unknown location. [Down by the Hipster]
The New York Diet
Designer Cynthia Rowley Indulges in Super-Cheesy ‘Afternoon
Cynthia Rowley may be one of the most recognizable names in fashion (this week she returned to Design Star as a judge, and next month she’ll launch Avon’s first designer colors line), but that doesn’t stop her from surreptitiously approaching restaurant diners when she spots them wearing her clothes. “It’s exciting,” she says. “I tell them, ‘Wow, that dress looks great on you.’” So what does she eat when she’s out on the town? And during hectic preparations for Fashion Week, how hard does she try to live up to her childhood nickname, Slim (the title of her recently published “fantasy memoir”)? We were relieved to discover she’s actually a voracious eater.
Gemma Pulse Check: It’s No WaverlyPlanning to go to Gemma, the Bowery Hotel’s restaurant tonight? Though we’ve been told by the publicist that, until its grand opening on July 9, the restaurant is open only to guests as well as friends and family of Sean MacPherson, Eric Goode, John DeLucie, and designer Taavo Somer, the hotel’s receptionist must’ve reckoned us a friend, because she invited us to walk right in anytime between 7 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. For the moment, this is no Waverly Inn, despite the shared players; in fact, as long as you’re wearing shoes and a shirt, you shouldn’t have any trouble scoring a table tonight.
Oh, Baby, Bay Ridge Likes It RawBay Ridge: People desperate for raw milk have launched a black-market dairy ring. [Brooklyn Paper]
Boerum Hill: Donna da Vine garden, not being pruned, set to open April 20. [Eater]
East Village: Carne Vale churrascaria has just opened an outdoor patio and started serving lighter fish options to ease anxiety over impending spandex-legging separation syndrome. [Restaurant Girl] Where will heroin enthusiasts linger once Alt coffee becomes kid-friendly Hopscotch? [Gothamist] A knife fight in front of the Bowery Hotel part of that “Old New York experience,” according to hotelier-owner Sean MacPherson. [NYM]
Prospect-Lefferts-Gardens: “Whole in the wall” [sic] Lenny’s has bitten the dust. [across the park]
Soho: The Neoprene booze tote at Sur La Table can keep a bottle cold for hours! [Gothamist]
Upper East Side: Brian Young debuted his menu at Tavern on the Green Sunday; his à la carte creations will be available in June. [Upper East Side Informer]
West Village: Tea shops, cutesy stores flourish; sex shops get no respect. [Manhattan Offender]