Executive chef Joel Reiss (Park Avenue Café, Artisanal) brings his fresh, innovative cooking to White Street, a modern American restaurant from authors and media entrepreneurs Dan Abrams and Dave Zinczenko along with Christine Cole, a New York restaurant veteran.
The partners’ friendship began at BONDST, where Cole was general manager for 11 years and Abrams and Zinczenko were regulars. Drawn together by their love of food and wine and their passion for the burgeoning downtown restaurant scene, the three resolved to open a restaurant of their own—one that would reflect their mutual ideal of great cuisine partnered with a smart, inspiring social setting. Executive Chef and General Manager Joel Reiss joined the team in March 2016. While Joel holds experience in many cuisines, including classic French, his specialty is modern American--having worked across the country in California, Colorado, Florida, and Maine. A born-and-raised New Yorker, he focuses on straightforward food with quintessential flavors and eye-catching presentation.
Located in a 19th-century building that was once an armory, the space has been dramatically reimagined by Nella Vetrina to capture the sophistication and glamour of old New York. Guests enter through a lounge where they can savor refreshing, classic cocktails. A wine vault houses the restaurant’s extensive selection; Abrams is a passionate collector. The adjoining dining room boasts soaring ceilings adorned with crystal chandeliers and walls lined with Venetian mirrors. Black-and-white mosaic tile floors, leather club chairs, palms, and brass fixtures throughout create an elegant atmosphere that is at once grand and intimate. The entire space can be secured for a large-scale event for up to 300 guests. With White Street, Abrams, Zinczenko, Cole and Reiss introduce a new dining destination to Manhattan that’s ideal for a celebratory meal or casual cocktail party.