New York City-Lower West Manhattan
May 11, 2018
The Beatrice Inn is another notch in the growing restaurant portfolio of Vanity Fair editor-in-chief Graydon Carter, the man responsible for making the Waverly Inn such a major destination for the city’s beautiful people. The venue, a former speakeasy. used to be an Italian-American nightspot in a historic building (dating back to 1840) but it had changed in character over the years and had turned into a nightclub before it was shut by the city in 2009 for building code violations. Carter and his partners, Emil Varda and Brett Rasinski, have reinvigorated the space, converting it into what they term a ß-classic chophouse.ß- It’s a handsome space, all rich wood and candlelight, a deliberate nod back in time to the ’40s and ’50s. Geared toward an older crowd with deeper pockets, the venue boasts an attractive low-ceilinged bar area, a low-lit, library-like dining room and a lighter, airier back room, also for dining. Food is classic American: shrimp cocktail, iceberg wedge salad, roast chicken, burgers, steaks, and the like. Cocktails are also classic and impeccably made. They serve a killer Manhattan and Carter and co promise a more democratic experience than in previous venues. Bookings are taken and (in theory) you don’t have to jump through hoops or pump your contacts to secure a table.