160 Leroy & Via 57 West Will Have Upscale On-Site Restaurants

Via 57 West is a U.S. Immigration Fund project

Originally posted by Gotham Magazine, June 23, 2016, By C.J. Hughes

Two new Hudson-side towers with funky shapes are breaking the mold in other ways.


160 Leroy revels in its prime West Village location with floor-to-ceiling windows.

The developer’s Hamlet question: retail or residential? For two new luxury buildings planning to offer restaurants in their ground-floor spaces, it’s not an oxymoron.

160 Leroy (212-760-0160), conceptualized by Ian Schrager and designed by Herzog & de Meuron, is a 57-unit condo on West Street in the West Village. The façade’s stunning sine-like curve promises something sumptuous inside: The development team is hinting at a restaurant by super-toque Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

“Who has time to cook… or make your own breakfast? You can just get takeout!” says Madeline Hult Elghanayan, an associate broker at Douglas Elliman, which is handling sales.

Uptown, the 42-story Via 57West (646-630-7917) points skyward at West 57th Street and the West Side Highway. An as-yet-unnamed restaurant is forthcoming from the Livanos Restaurant Group, which runs midtown’s much vaunted Oceana. There will likely be seafood—natch—and also plenty of legroom in the restaurant’s 7,000 square feet. The spot, says owner Nick Livanos, will play “an integral role in the development of the area,” as “a place for residents and visitors to gather.” To draw renters to a location across from that—yes!—iconic Con Edison plant, those white tablecloths could provide just the right touch.