For most, the name Charlie Palmer is synonymous with fine dining, and his Times Square-located Aureole is an institution devoted to delicious luxury. Now, the renowned chef is bringing his signature culinary style to the landmark Knickerbocker Hotel — also situated in Times Square — with not one, but three distinct dining concepts, two of which open today.
The first is JAKE’s @ The Knick, named after the son of John Jacob Astor IV, who originally opened The Knickerbocker in 1906. Acting as a second entrance to the hotel, JAKE’s is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and offers an all-day menu of fresh croissants, pastries, fruits, granolas, and a menu of gourmet flatbreads, as well as custom coffees and espresso from Brooklyn Roasting Company.
The second is Charlie Palmer at The Knick, which serves a breakfast menu with choices such as buttermilk pancakes with Vermont maple syrup and fresh berries and short rib hash with a fried egg, scallions, and toast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. every day. From 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. a lunch menu of snacks, starters, and mains is offered, with dishes including scotch quail eggs with popcorn shoots, Dijon aioli, and pancetta; grilled romaine hearts with garlic breadcrumbs, shaved pecorino, and a honey-lemon emulsion; and line-caught halibut with Savoy cabbage, parsnip purée, and lemon-chive butter. For dinner, guests can enjoy the likes of Maine lobster salad tian with tomato, avocado, and winter citrus; calamari gnocchi with spicy fire-roasted tomato sauce and micro basil; and Snake River Farms rib eye with butter potato, roasted winter roots, and red wine jus from 5 to 10 p.m. daily. There are bar and lounge service available from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m., and cocktail service from 3 p.m. to 12 a.m. every day.
The rooftop bar, St. Cloud, will be the third in the trifecta of Palmer’s establishments at the historic hotel, and is set to open this spring. The 7,500-square-foot space will encompass a signature cigar lounge from celebrated tobacconist Nat Sherman, and the Waterford Crystal Lounge outfitted with Waterford bar- and stemware and custom furniture from acclaimed British designer Jo Sampson.
Chef Palmer explained, “The landmark hotel, Times Square location, and historic significance have been inspiring for me as our team has worked for the past 16 months to create unique eating and drinking experiences throughout the property. Each outlet — Charlie Palmer at The Knick, JAKE’s @ The Knick, St. Cloud, and of course, Aureole — have been strategically designed to cater to the myriad of guests that will enter through the hotel’s front doors.”