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Sun-Drenched Italian Dating Inside the Jane Hotel

The Name Is Old Rose

By Ilana Dadras ·
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Photo: Oleg March

It's Friday, and you've got Friday things to do.

Same here.

But before we part ways for the weekend, we've got one thing that could fit quite perfectly into those plans of yours...

It's called Old Rose, and it's a gem of a sun-drenched Italian spot, now open all day inside of the Jane Hotel. 

Behind it: the team who brought us The Smile, that basement café where it's highly likely you've enjoyed a brunch or three, and Smile to Go, which you may have seen in Soho or the Empire Stores complex that's home to Cecconi's. Anyway, they're pushing more of a healthy-ish Italian concept here: think antipasti with pickled vegetables, housemade sourdough, salads with avocado and pickled jalapeño, meatball-topped pizzas (there's the -ish).

Now, when you enter the Jane Hotel, instead of turning right into their lounge, hang a left. Through a couple sets of heavy doors, you'll find the super bright and airy space with high ceilings, checkered floors, black-and-white everything and massive windows overlooking the Hudson. Beautiful, is the word. And yes, that's a replica of the Titanic you've spotted behind the bar—the ship's survivors took refuge where the hotel and restaurant stand today.

Um, on a less somber note, you're likely swinging by for dinner, which might start with oysters or the aforementioned antipasti plate before getting into some pizza, veggies or a main which will change nightly. Drinks-wise, they've got a beer from every borough, negronis on tap, that sort of thing, and they'll be slinging pizzas late-night if you find yourself in the general area craving something -ish-level healthy after-hours.

Now before you weekend, you slideshow

See you in a couple days.

VITALS:

Old Rose
113 Jane St
(at West)
New York, NY 10014
212-255-4143

Ilana Dadras cannot discern between situations in which sarcasm is and is not appropriate. Her favorite things include mezcal cocktails, Big Sur and writing about herself in the third person.

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