The long-anticipated opening day of Jean-Georges Vongerichten's abcV is finally (almost) here. Kitchen and floor staff at the vegetarian restaurant have been geared up, fully dressed, and running drills, but the holdup has been basic fuel.
"We have no gas yet but we hope to any day now,'' says Vongerichten who plans to begin service with breakfast and lunch, including a wide array of fresh-squeezed juices. Once daytime meals are underway, the team plans to add dinner to the lineup.
You may remember from several Eater NY anticipated openings roundups that abcV is a spinoff of Vongerichten's always-delicious ABC Kitchen, and the chef’s third project with ABC Carpet and Home — the extravagant home goods store. First announced in 2013 under the name ABC Home Grown, the restaurant was originally planned for a space adjacent to ABC Cocina on 19th Street.
An Eater reporter who passed by the space yesterday notes that abcV is accessible through the Broadway entrance of the home store, down a short flight of stairs straight ahead and slightly to the right. There is also a separate entrance on 18th Street.
No word yet on what besides juice will grace the menu, but chef de cuisine Neal Harden (Pure Food and Wine and M.O.B. of Brooklyn, both closed) is playing around with beets, sweet potato, truffles, and a millet congee. Stay tuned for more details on the opening of Jean-Georges’s third ABC restaurant as they become available.