When I first interned for a clothing brand in Downtown's Fashion District before my freshman year of college, there wasn't a whole lot to see or do. Yes, there were the Friday sample sales in The Cooper Building (there still are!), and there was a small deli around the corner that served some excellent, inexpensive sandwiches...but that was about it. Clearly, things change. Now, chic eateries, an Aesop store, and Verve Coffee are the standard. Still, it was much to my surprise when Tuck Hotel opened in the neighborhood, providing New York fashion industry visitors with an ultra-chic place to stay during their business trips. The hidden gem is easy to miss, but their new restaurant boasts an impressive pedigree via international Michelin-starred hotelier Juan Torre. With a thoughtful menu featuring bold flavors and fresh ingredients, the Tuck Hotel restaurant has both a beautiful, minimalistic space and a full bar. What more could the trendy fashion crowd ask for?
Currently, the restaurant is open from 10am3pm for a daily brunch-- but don't worry, they have plenty of options for day drinking (even if you're not on vacation). Their subtle twists on classic brunch cocktails-- like a gin and cava mimosa-- are served in veritable glass goblets, so you get a lot of bang for your $10 buck. There's also a small selection of beer, wine, and coffee, but we definitely recommend going for one of their mega-cocktails.
For those that want to accompany their massive cocktails with something on the lighter side (I mean, why not dedicate the majority of you daily calorie intake to alcohol?), their fresh, seasonal salads are a great option. When we came in, they were offering a lovely beet and carrot salad, with some sort of yogurt sauce. I also really enjoyed the citrus kale salad (still on the menu!), a seasonally appropriate combination of mandarins, avocado, apples, pecans, and more. The heirloom tomato salad was also tasty, especially with the addition of avocado.
They also offer a classic Soup of the Day option, ranging from a comforting Pho to a more adventurous Salmon Soup (a first for me). The pho was definitely my favorite, and I really enjoyed the flavorful broth and lean beef. A surprising choice for Summer, but honestly a nice change of pace.
The sandwiches are definitely the highlights of the menu, including a satisfying veggie caponata with tender eggplant and peppers (a traditional Sicilian Ratatouille) on a substantive roll. The 24 hour smoked brisket sandwich was also a standout, as everything with a fried egg is better.
Lending a cool all-day brunch option, as well as a chic boutique hotel, to the ultra-trendy Fashion District is a brilliant move on behalf of Tuck Hotel and their restaurant. All the food was tasty and fresh, while the menu is an eclectic mix that provides a little something for everyone (without becoming overly complicated or cluttered). The hotel and restaurant themselves are beautiful and make for really lovely atmospheres to enjoy lunch during the workday or a late brunch on the weekends, and we suspect this will be a buzzing spot for fashion industry insiders.