Today’s subject is Omar’s
It’s a stone-cold fox of a semiprivate, subterranean supper club in Greenwich Village. And it’s opening
But it has nothing to do with Michael K. Williams.
Or retired major-league shortstop Omar Vizquel.
Or Doctor Zhivago
No, the Omar in question is André Balazs’s former “director of ambience” (business card of the year).
So as you might imagine, this place is... magnificent. One part subtle townhouse-like deco restaurant and bar
. Another part that same thing, for members only. Both parts
featuring two-man ribeyes.
The public face: it’s separately called La Ranita. You’ll descend some stairs beneath a black awning and
enter a white marble bar with a mirrored seating area. This is where you’ll post up and await your
When said date arrives, head back to the dining room—supple orange-brown leather banquettes and cozy
two-tops. Above: a wraparound Where’s Waldo
–esque mural of New York and its characters. Here,
you’ll investigate what salted black cod and crispy frog legs
taste like by eating them.
But about that private space: it’s invite only. Mostly international culinary luminaries and neighborhood
folks, so work on being one of those. Because you’ll have access to a separate entrance, the occasional
spontaneous tasting menu, the coveted underground solarium and a fireplace-equipped lounge.
It’s truly a golden age for international culinary luminaries.
21 W 9th St
(at 6th Ave)
New York, NY 10011