Ilan Hall, head chef of The Gorbals Brooklyn, the new restaurant inside Urban Outfitters concept store, Space Ninety 8 (Photo: Nicole Disser)
If you enter Space Ninety 8 and make a beeline for the elevator instead of getting sucked into its predictable selection of identical cut-offs and drapey woven things, you’ll get to The Gorbals. The outpost of Top Chef alum Ilan Hall’s renowned LA restaurant, which opened in the Urban Outfitters concept store last night, is a respite from a corner of Williamsburg that reminds me more of SoHo these days than anything else.
The Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant isn’t on the bike tour, but we do recommend the nature walk there.
Saturday is going to be the shit for bikers: in the morning, there’ll be a 19-mile “very scenic, if somewhat fragrant” trek around three of the borough’s five sewage plants. And in the evening, free beer will flow at the launch of Space Ninety 8’s new bike-supplies kiosk. More →
The chef last night at his future restaurant, The Gorbals, inside Space Ninety 8 (Photo by: Jenna Marotta)
Today we spoke by phone with Ilan Hall, who will soon open an East Coast outpost of his LA restaurant, The Gorbals inside the new Urban Outfitters concept store, Space Ninety 8. The winner of Top Chef‘ssecond season, who “was born in Manhattan, grew up on Long Island, then blossomed into a flower in the East Village,” is now based in South Williamsburg. On April 15, the second season of his cooking face-off, Knife Fight, premieres on Esquire Network. More →