It will soon be possible to have a wedding catered by the “world’s best restaurant”: Make It Nice, the Eleven Madison Park hospitality group, has partnered with Essex Crossing to take over two floors of a private event space. Housed in the new International Center of Photography in the Essex Crossing complex, with an entrance on Ludlow Street between Broome and Delancey streets, it is set to open in 2019.
This will the first catering proposition for EMP chef Daniel Humm and partner Will Guidara, who are quite the empire-builders at this point with EMP, the NoMad restaurant and bar, Made Nice, a few restaurants and a food truck in Los Angeles, a forthcoming 3 World Trade Center restaurant, and now this project. No food details yet, but the space will host private events such as cocktail parties and formal sit-down dinners, with perhaps the most exciting option being weddings.
The International Center of Photography’s new space will be a four-story building that runs a full city block on Ludlow Street. It will also occupy two additional floors in a residential building at 242 Broome. The events space will be across two floors in the Bowery building, specifically the entire third floor, as well as a fourth floor with an outdoor space.
It’s all part of Essex Crossing, a 1.9 million-square-foot complex with nine buildings in all that house over 1,000 new residences, 400,000-square-feet of office space and 450,000-square-feet of retail spaces total, connected by a new park, bike paths, and green spaces. The food portion of the complex is the Market Line, which when fully open in 2020 (with some opening this year) will have 115 occupants, such as Veselka, Nom Wah, Cafe Grumpy, and other local food vendors.