Parasole Restaurant Holdings is moving its flagship steak house, Manny’s, from the second level of the Hyatt Regency to the new W Hotel this summer, W owner Ralph Burnet told me this morning. The deal is a stunner because it had been widely rumored that the W’s food service was going to be handled by Culinary Concepts, a partnership between chef Jean–Georges Vongerichten’s organization and Starwood Hotels, owners of the W brand. Vongerichten manages Chambers Kitchen at Burnet’s Chambers Hotel.
Burnet says he had been working with Cuisine Concepts on the W project, but a deal never came together, and a casual encounter between him and a Parasole lieutenant triggered the Manny’s gambit in mid-May. He says Parasole broached the idea.
Burnet says he has a verbal agreement with Parasole founder Phil Roberts. Manny’s will provide dinner (and possibly lunch) service as the W’s signature restaurant while a W Café, operating out of part of the Manny’s space and managed by Parasole, would serve breakfast. Parasole will also operate the twenty-seventh floor aerie bar, which is to be called Prohibition, and the hotel’s primary watering hole, the W Bar/Living Lounge.
The W has a tentative opening date of July 28, but that could slide to mid-August with construction delays.