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Marcus Samuelsson to Launch Restaurant at Starrett-Lehigh Building

Starrett-Lehigh Building

He’s coming downtown! Award-winning chef Marcus Samuelsson will lease over 5,000 square feet in the base of the Starrett-Lehigh Building in West Chelsea for a new restaurant and culinary concept.

Samuelsson’s restaurant will be located on the corner of 26th and 11th Avenues, with outdoor entrances as well as an interior entrance for direct access from the 2.3 million-square-foot building, which encompasses a full city block between 11th and 12th Avenues and 26th and 27th Streets. Sharing the ground floor is a 13,000-square-foot food hall/marketplace curated by Chicago-based 16” on Center. Two separate retail spaces totaling around 18,000 square feet, and almost 6,000 square feet of flexible event space also are located on the street level. Jason Greenstone of Cushman & Wakefield represented the tenant, and RXR was represented by Peter Fine and Janey Steinmetz of Newmark.

“Emerging from such a challenging year for restaurants and the arts in the city, this is an important time to be committed to New York and be a part of hopefully more Black-owned businesses opening in popular areas like Midtown and Downtown,”  Samuelsson said. “For me personally, this is an exciting opportunity to also explore my ‘Swediopian’ roots in a fresh way and to create an environment that celebrates the amazing creativity and diversity of our great city.”

Samuelsson is an award-winning chef, restaurateur, TV personality, philanthropist and author of several cookbooks including “The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food.” During the pandemic, Samuelsson has provided meals for food-insecure communities and launched the Black Businesses Matter Matching Fund to help support small businesses and entrepreneurs.

“Starrett-Lehigh is a special destination with a loyal community and following. We’ve worked to bring even more fulsome, experiential programming to the building,” said Whitney Arcaro, executive vice president of marketing and retail leasing at RXR Realty, the building’s owner and manager. “Marcus’s restaurant will enhance this by bringing another convivial and culturally rich component to the building.”

The operating partner will be long-time Marcus Samuelsson Group advisor Howard Greenstone and his company, Red Pebbles Hospitality, whose other restaurants include Emmy Squared/Pizza Loves Emily.