A Look Inside Gramercy’s Newest Restaurant With Warm West Village Vibes

Simon & the Whale, from restaurateur Gabriel Stulman, is now open in the Freehand Hotel

Gabriel Stulman is the neighborhood restaurant specialist — but for the most part, his restaurants have until now been quarantined to tiny spaces in the West Village like Fairfax, Bar Sardine, and Joseph Leonard. Here at Simon & the Whale, though, the restaurateur’s eclectic addition to the new Freehand Hotel in Gramercy, the neighborhood restaurant vibes are alive and well, albeit in a much larger space located at 23 Lexington Avenue, between 23rd and 24th streets.

Designed by commonly used firm Roman and Williams, Simon & the Whale is awash in the aesthetic favored by au courant restaurants: warm woods, glowing lights, gold and brass details, and blue tones, especially on the banquettes. Tables spread throughout a few small, connected rooms seat 62, while the bar fits an additional 18.

Customers at those tables will dine on globally-influenced dishes such as a Japanese-flavored black bass crudo with shiso, puffed rice, and coconut milk to the more Italian pork collar milanese with aioli, apricot, and arugula. The full menu is here.

Clockwise from top left: Black bass crudo, squid confit, lamb carpaccio, and sunchoke pasta

Clockwise from top left: Black bass crudo, squid confit, lamb carpaccio, and sunchoke pasta

Simon & the Whale, which joins all-day restaurant Studio and cocktail bar The George Washington Bar, is now open Sunday through Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Thursday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Simon & the Whale
Simon & the Whale
Simon & the Whale
Simon & the Whale
Simon & the Whale
Simon & the Whale
Simon & the Whale

Source: NYC eater
A Look Inside Gramercy’s Newest Restaurant With Warm West Village Vibes