The 46-story, 391-room Trump SoHo luxury hotel opened today on Spring Street. Designed by Handel Architects, the glitzy new tower has, of course, weathered its share of controversy en route to this day. In January 2008 a worker died after a crane dropped its load and scaffolding collapsed. And before the sloppy contractor even began construction, preservationists accused Trump of disturbing human remains found at the site. (They may have been from 19th century burial vaults built between 1820 and 1835 under the former Spring Street Presbyterian Church.) People are still pissed about that one, while others still object to the giant scale of the project. But anyway, now it's open, and since this is a Trump project, we're sure it's not haunted like other hotels built on burial sites. Just STAY OUT of room 237!
Rooms go for $389/night, and the hotel contains a bar/lounge named Kastel, as well as a bi-level restaurant called Quattro Gastronomia Italiana, which has another location in Miami. (A spa will open this summer on the seventh and eighth floors, where you'll also find Bar d’Eau, an indoor and outdoor bar that overflows onto the spa's Pool Deck.) Serving Northern Italian cuisine, Quattro's Executive Chef Fabrizio Carro (a native of Alessandria in Piemonte) is sourcing as many ingredients as possible from the boot—including basics like salt, flour and cheese-in an attempt to recreate the flavor of an authentic Italian dinner. (These will be supplemented by season ingredients locally sourced in New York.)
The three categories of starters include traditional dishes like Vitello Tonnato; Maine Lobster with tropea onions, asparagus and mustard vinaigrette; a selection of cured meats; and imported burrata with seasonal accompaniments. Pasta options include Rigatoni with Parma ham, porcini mushrooms and tomato sauce with a touch of cream ($16) and, from the Secondi menu, Seared Mediterranean Turbot with roma beans, tomatoes, black olives and capers ($32). Who's got some money to burn, this menu is making us hungry!
Quattro Gastronomia Italiana // 246 Spring Street // (212) 842-4500