Telly Hatzigeorgiou and his partners at The Lure Group are behind a number of New York City’s waterfront concepts, including the now-shuttered Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club, which closed when construction began on that part of the South Street Seaport. Because the team has enjoyed being part of the revitalization of the neighborhood, though, it’s opened a similar trio of concepts — Ambrose Hall (18 Fulton Street), Ambrose Beer Garden, and Ambrose Surf Club (11 Fulton Street) — in the same vicinity just in time for summer.
“It’s been fantastic trying to activate an area under construction and that Sandy destroyed,” says Hatzigeorgiou. “We teamed up with Howard Hughes, and they’ve been great — they really care about the neighborhood and about giving back to the community.”
Built in one of the Schermerhorn Row buildings, Ambrose Hall will be open year-round, and it will anchor the three projects — you’ll be able to order food from the craft whiskey and beer bar’s small menu at the open air Ambrose Beer Garden, where you’ll also be able to sip beer from a walk-up bar, and at the Ambrose Surf Club, an outdoor seating area atop the shipping containers that hold pop-ups on the seaport.
Ambrose Hall’s whiskey list focuses on small-batch runs of the spirit; “We’re trying to find craft products you wouldn’t find in your average bar,” says Hatzigeorgiou. Look for food offerings like charcuterie, sausages, panini, and a mozzarella and tomato salad.
Hatzigeorgiou says this is just the beginning of change in the Seaport, too: “It’s going to be the best neighborhood in NYC. The types of tenants they’re attracting — a state-of-the-art movie theater where you get food service at your chair, restaurants, and a roof garden — are great to see.”
He also hopes this is part of a longer trend of redevelopment of neighborhoods on Manhattans shores. “It’s amazing that NYC has been so focused on the inside, and the water has been neglected,” he says. “That’s transforming now. It’s phenomenal.”
Ambrose Hall is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. until midnight and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. until 3 a.m.
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