UNION SQUARE HOSPITALITY GROUP OPENS UNTITLED, A NEW RESTAURANT BY CHEF MICHAEL ANTHONY, AT THE WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART

UNION SQUARE HOSPITALITY GROUP OPENS UNTITLED, A NEW RESTAURANT BY
CHEF MICHAEL ANTHONY, AT THE WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART
Suzanne Cupps, Former Sous Chef at Gramercy Tavern, Named Chef de Cuisine
Untitled Team to Also Lead Museum’s Eighth Floor Studio Cafe

NEW YORK, NY (May 1, 2015) – One of the most anticipated new restaurants of the year, Untitled by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group opens today, May 1, 2015, in the new Whitney Museum of American Art. In Michael Anthony’s first-ever restaurant opening—after a decade at the helm of Gramercy Tavern—he serves as Executive Chef and Managing Director, overseeing all food and beverage operations at Untitled, as well as the more casual Studio Cafe, on the eighth floor, while continuing to oversee Gramercy Tavern. Suzanne Cupps, most recently Sous Chef at Gramercy Tavern, leads the kitchen alongside Chef Anthony as Chef de Cuisine. Untitled is now open for lunch and dinner and is located on the ground floor of the Renzo Piano-designed museum, with a dedicated entrance on Gansevoort Street.

Untitled offers a new venue for Chef Anthony’s acclaimed style of American cooking, reimagined for its new setting. The restaurant is reflective of the same principles that Chef Anthony has developed at Gramercy Tavern over the past decade: thoughtful sourcing, relentless seasonality, and impeccable craftsmanship. The menu—bold, focused, and free of defined categories or courses—reflects the interplay between the neighborhood’s urban character, the High Line’s wild landscape, and the museum’s contemporary form.

Each plate composition is boldly edited to emphasize the ingredients and their preparation. Dishes range from snacks such as crab and pickled pepper fritters and lightly cured garden vegetables, to larger dishes like grilled monkfish, black garlic and lobster sauce and ruby red shrimp ravioli with nettles and mushrooms. Vegetables play a starring role at Untitled, evident in dishes like grilled leeks and citrus-pasilla sauce; roasted cauliflower, curry and crushed black sesame; and asparagus, turnips, guanciale and pecorino, among others.

“I’ve been fortunate to cook in some of the best kitchens in the world, but this moment is truly special for me because Untitled is the first restaurant that I’ve helped conceive from scratch. I couldn’t be more proud to embark on this next step alongside members of my Gramercy Tavern team, including Suzanne Cupps, our Chef de Cuisine at Untitled. Suzanne embodies Gramercy Tavern’s culinary and hospitality heritage, and I’m excited for her to grow her remarkable craft and leadership ability in our new home,” said Chef Anthony.

The beverage program at Untitled and Studio Cafe is led by Eduardo Porto Carreiro, formerly of DBGB in New York, as well as GRACE and Lukshon in Los Angeles. Untitled offers a thoughtful list of diverse wines that complement Anthony’s cooking and commitment to value and accessibility.

Untitled is set within the Whitney Museum’s stunning glass-enclosed plaza designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop. The bright, airy space reflects the architectural design of the Whitney Museum and industrial history of the Meatpacking District with elements of steel, stone, concrete and wood featured throughout the restaurant. An open, stainless steel kitchen spans nearly half the length of the room, allowing an intimate connection between guest and chef. Beautiful white oak covers the kitchen hood, counter, and bar, adding warmth to the space.

The sole piece of artwork in the restaurant is by Robert Indiana. The work hangs above the 10-seat bar and features the illuminated word “EAT” in bold, white block letters on a circular black backdrop. Opposite the bar and open kitchen is the 72-seat dining room, with white oak tables and red Knoll Saarinen dining room chairs that add a pop of vibrant color to the space. Outside the restaurant, a large 52-seat terrace wraps around the corner of the building, conveniently located adjacent to the southernmost entrance to the High Line.

The Untitled team also operates Studio Cafe on the eighth floor of the building, which features an artful array of toasts, soups, salads, and other light fare for museum visitors. The light-filled, sky-lit space features reclaimed pine wood floors, and a dining room of 66 seats, with an 11-seat bar serving beer, wine, and cocktails for museum-goers to enjoy while refueling between gallery visits. During the warmer months, outdoor seating is available on the cafe’s spectacular 52-seat terrace, with sweeping views of the Hudson River and Statue of Liberty to the west and the Meatpacking District and the High Line to the east.

“It’s a privilege to open Untitled and Studio Cafe in the Whitney Museum’s stunning new home amidst the ongoing renaissance of the Meatpacking District. This is an incredible milestone for Mike and his team, and a proud victory for the growth of our company. My hope is that Untitled becomes a favorite neighborhood spot as well as a destination in its own right for New Yorkers and visitors alike,” said Danny Meyer, Chief Executive Officer of Union Square Hospitality Group.

Untitled and Studio Cafe
Address: 99 Gansevoort Street, Whitney Museum of American Art
Phone Number: 212-570-3670

Hours: Untitled and Studio Cafe are open lunch and dinner.
Visit www.untitledatthewhitney.com for up-to-date hours in May. Beginning in June, Untitled will be open daily, with continuous service from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Studio Cafe will be open during museum hours, with the last seating taking place one hour before closing.

About Union Square Hospitality Group
Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG) was founded by Danny Meyer and includes some of New York City’s most beloved restaurants: Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, Blue Smoke, Jazz Standard, The Modern, Cafe 2 and Terrace 5 (located at the Museum of Modern Art), Maialino, Untitled at the Whitney Museum of American Art, North End Grill, Marta, and Porchlight. The company also includes Union Square Events, a catering, sports, and events business, and Hospitality Quotient, an organizational consulting business. Each USHG restaurant is lovingly hand crafted and distinctive, and each strives to distinguish itself for warm hospitality and consistent excellence. Danny, his restaurants and chefs have earned an unprecedented 25 James Beard Awards, including: Outstanding Restaurant of the Year; Outstanding Service; Outstanding Wine Service; Humanitarian of the Year; Who’s Who of Food & Beverage; and Best Restaurant Design. Union Square Cafe and Gramercy Tavern are perennially ranked on the top of the ‘Most Popular’ list in the Zagat Survey, with Union Square Cafe holding the #1 spot nine times.

About the Whitney Museum of American Art
The Whitney Museum of American Art is the world’s leading museum of twentieth-century and contemporary art of the United States. Founded by sculptor and arts patron Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney in 1914 as the Whitney Studio Club, and established as a museum in 1930, the Whitney Museum of American Art was first located on West 8th Street in Greenwich Village. After moving uptown to West 54th Street in 1954, the Museum was housed for nearly fifty years, from 1966 to 2014, in a building designed by Marcel Breuer on Madison Avenue at 75th Street. On May 1, 2015, the Whitney returns downtown to open its new home, designed by Renzo Piano, at the corner of Gansevoort and Washington Streets in the Meatpacking District, adjacent to the southern entrance of the High Line. The new building, which has generated immense anticipation and support, will enable the Whitney to expand its exhibition series, to show far more works from its renowned permanent collection (which now comprises nearly 22,000 works by more than 3,000 artists), to offer a greater variety of performances and programs, and to welcome many more visitors as the Museum continues to grow and evolve.

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