“A combination of taverns, a gambling den, and vaudeville and motion picture theaters all once stood on the hotel site between the 1700s and early 1900s.”
This winter, Joie de Vivre Hotels will open its first hotel in New York City, Hotel 50 Bowery, in the heart of Chinatown. In true Joie de Vivre spirit, the 229-room hotel will incorporate the neighborhood culture with a permanent exhibit from the Museum of Chinese in America as well as permanent local artwork and new culinary concepts by Chef Dale Talde for meeting planners to tie-in to their events.
The Gallery, the permanent exhibit from the Museum of Chinese in America, will pay homage to New York history with its display of several artifacts found on the hotel’s construction site. A combination of taverns, a gambling den, and vaudeville and motion picture theaters all once stood on the hotel site between the 1700s and early 1900s. The public spaces will also highlight local Chinese culture with Asian-influenced furniture and artwork in the guest-room corridors from Beijing-based graffiti artist Dake Wong created to like an old Chinese village at night. Even the hotel guest rooms are designed to celebrate the local culture with artwork—created by local artists Lowell Boyers, Simone Shubuck and Andre Saraiva—on display. The rooms will also feature a color palette of blues and whites, inspired by traditional chinaware.
Meeting planners will be excited about the three restaurant, bar and lounge concepts from Celebrity Chef Dale Talde, who will draw inspiration from the Chinatown neighborhood as well. The 220-seat, contemporary Asian Rice & Gold restaurant will be located on the lobby level, while Goldie’s, a cellar-level lounge, will serve up dim-sum-style appetizers and feature live music. The 21st-floor 21@50 rooftop bar—ideal for summer events—will tout views of the downtown skyline. While meeting planners can host an event in one of these three outlets, there is also the 5,000-sf Atlantic Garden outdoor space available in addition to 1,900 sf of indoor function space—all of which can be catered by Chef Dale Talde.