First Images: The Pendry Manhattan West Hotel Opens Near Hudson Yards

Considering a year ago the media was leaving New York City for dead, with thousands of the citizenry making for the burbs, and Midtown’s office towers sitting eerily empty, the very fact that a massive new development project is debuting in the heart of Gotham certainly strikes a hopeful note. And indeed, Brookfield Asset Management‘s $5 billion, pithily named Manhattan West (it’s in Manhattan, and it’s pretty far west) is being unveiled in stages beginning this fall. It’s intended as an eight acre mixed use complex (a kind of “superblock”), and when coupled with the nearby Hudson Yards, the stretch from 9th Avenue to 10th, and from 31st to 33rd Streets veritably becomes its own neighborhood.

A key feature of the project is the Pendry Manhattan West hotel, NYC’s first from the burgeoning hospitality brand (their Chicago property just opened in June, and the Sagamore Pendry Baltimore is one of our favorite sleeps anywhere).

The New York hotel, within a towering glass structure designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, is a masterstroke of elegant understatement, with 134 rooms and 30 suites in cool, muted color schemes, and boasting prodigious arched windows taking in the ever developing skyline, and in some cases also the Hudson River. Intriguingly, Gachot Studios‘ design throughout draws on a kind of ’70s California modern (specifically the West Coast Light & Space movement) – though the works of NYC artists Nancy Lorenz and John Wigmore feature throughout.

Adding to the overall eclecticism, the hotel’s signature restaurant Zou Zou’s (a new addition to the Quality Branded group, well known for Quality Eats and Don Angie) draws on sundry Mediterranean influences, including those from Israel, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Syria – especially appealing for those still not ready to get back to international travel. With just 75 seats and interiors by AvroKO, Chef Madeline Sperling – formerly of Gramercy Tavern and The NoMad – lords over the kitchen, assisted by Juliana Latif, who also did time at The NoMad.

In addition, the Bar Pendry lobby bar serves creative cocktails in an intimate space boasting a fireplace, marble bar and large-scaled abstraction by Lorenz. There’s also a Garden Room for daytime coffee and evening adult sips.

Ambitious to put it mildly, Manhattan West itself comprises six buildings, a landscaped plaza, upscale retail, more than two dozen food and beverage destinations, and the Midnight Theatre, which will host a varied program of cultural and entertainment offerings. So, yes, we can probably right here just shelve the predictions of Gotham’s demise – and perhaps instead just celebrate with a luxurious staycation weekend at the Pendry.

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