Carroll Place, conceptualized by Sergio Riva and AJ Bontempo, the team behind Osteria Cotta on the Upper West Side, will open at 157 Bleecker Street in the South Village on March 20, 2014. The 170-seat Italian-American wine bar and gastro pub will bring the successful Osteria Cotta concept, which Riva and Bontempo have always considered representative of a “downtown” experience to its geographic inspiration, while paying homage to the building’s and area’s history. At Carroll Place, New Yorkers will savor classic Cotta favorites in addition to more gastro pub-focused dishes amid a completely re-imagined space.
The restaurant’s 6,700 square feet are steeped in history. Formally Kenny’s Castaways, where such rock stars as Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith and The Fugees took center stage early in their careers, Carroll Place’s new moniker is derived from the original circa 1830s name for the section of Bleecker Street between Thompson Street and LaGuardia Place. Riva and Bontempo opted to strip the building down to its core, removing all the nearly 200-year old floors and wood beams for re-purposing throughout Carroll Place to assure the new restaurant boasts an authentic patina of age. As the restaurant was rebuilt from the basement/ground up, they strategically recycled all the extracted wood beams and flooring for tables (including the bar area’s massive communal high-top), wall paneling, shelving and the hostess stand. Even Kenny’s old stair case railings were reused as decoration. The undulating, rustic tavern-esque 20-seat bar overlooks the custom built wood oven stove, where several of Carroll Place’s mainstay dishes and pizzas will be prepared. Upstairs, Carroll Place’s vintage brick and rose velvet banquette lined “Living Room” mirrors the intimate dining setting at Cotta with soft, romantic lighting, homey, mismatched-by-design furniture, area rugs and hidden alcoves, in addition to a cocktail bar.
Carroll Place will present a selection of popular Cotta dishes on their new dinner menu including a slew of gastro pub selections and an extensive beer selection suitable for Bleecker Street including Wood Fired Rosemary Wings; Pork Ragu and Short Rib Sliders; and a Burrata Burger with grilled tomato and prosciutto. Other signature dishes include:Wood Fire Free Range Chicken with broccoli rabe and olives; Linguine Vongole with clams, white wine, chili flakes and tomato; and a NY Strip Steak served with truffle fries and a watercress salad. Carroll Place has enlisted the help of famed pizzaillo Federico Crociani to oversee their wood fire pizza selections. The restaurant will introduce new signature pizzas including the Tartufo with speck, truffle cream, button mushrooms, fresh mozzarella and truffle oil. The Bruxellespizza combines pancetta, Brussel sprouts and fresh mozzarella. And for dessert, Carroll Place will adopt Cotta’s signatureWood Fired Nutella Calzone.
An extensive beverage program at Carroll Place will offer 20 wine options by-the-glass, five wines on tap, 16 draft beers, micro brews, imports and domestic. Signature cocktails will include La Cotta made with bourbon, Campari, maraschino liquer, pomegranate molasses and brandied cherry. The Bleecker Street Sour will feature Rittenhouse Rye, Amaretto, lemon, egg white and Angostura.
Carroll Place, located at 157 Bleecker Street, will be open Sunday – Wednesday from 5:00PM – 2:00AM and Thursday –Saturday from 5:00Pm – 4:00AM. For additional information, please visit www.carrollplacenyc.com or call 212-260-1700. Reservations only accepted for parties of 6 or more. Follow Carroll Place on Twitter @CarrollPlaceNYC, Instagram @CarrollPlaceNYC or Facebook www.facebook.com/CarrollPlace.