Debuting Two Unique Dining Options in Union Square

Introducing Bowery Road and Library of Distilled Spirits

From APICII, the team behind Casa Apicii and Bar Fortuna in Greenwich Village, Bowery Road and Library of Distilled Spirits debut off the lobby of Hyatt Union Square New York.


Bowery Road is a neighborhood American brasserie offering a market-driven menu from Chef Ron Rosselli, former chef de cuisine at Locanda Verde and most recently executive chef at The Standard Hotel Meatpacking. In the adjacent space, Library of Distilled Spirits will offer a thousand-bottle spirits program under the direction of storied bar man and Employees Only founder Dushan Zaric. Beverage director Kyle Tran, a New York newcomer by way of The Aviary in Chicago and Lafayette Park Hotel in Northern California, will oversee the bar programs at both Bowery Road and the Library.

Overseen by executive chef Ron Rosselli, Bowery Road draws its name and ethos from the eponymous street that preceded 4th Avenue and functioned as an access road to Peter Stuyvesant’s farm (bouwerij in Dutch).

Bowery Road is an all-day restaurant providing a comfortable gathering place for the neighborhood, serving Chef Rosselli’s approachable, local and seasonally inspired dishes. Rosselli is a native of Los Angeles with Italian heritage, whose culinary style is influenced by his years working in NYC kitchens and the wide ethnic diversity of the chefs and cooks with whom he has worked.

At Bowery Road, Rosselli’s dinner menu includes a selection of dips, spreads and breads; small plates; plants and grains; and main dishes. Highlights include Fava Bean Hummus with house-made whole wheat naan; Crushed Avocado with gluten-free house-made corn cracker and green tomato chutney; Blooming Mushroom: tempura-battered maitake mushroom with kepi aioli, togarashi and yuzu-koshu salt; Snapper Crudo with grilled pineapple dashi, radish and mint; Roasted Cauliflower with pine nut cream, grapes and garlic-honey vinaigrette; Rye Spaetzle with fava, asparagus, ramps and peppercorn; Pork Adobo brined, slowed roasted and finished with adobo sauce, served with house-made corn crepes, mango, radish and onion; and Brisket “Pastrami” with pickled scallion relish, sunchokes, pickled seasonal veggies and horseradish.

In addition to many of the dinner offerings, lunch-only menu highlights include Crispy Baked Potato with shallot French onion cream, chive and bacon; Bourbon-Glazed Wings with mustard, maple and cayenne; Fried Celery Root Sandwich: vegetarian riff on classic fried chicken sandwich with red cabbage slaw, chipotle aioli and pickled pineapple; Jerk Chicken Sandwich with mojo aioli, pickles and fries; and more. Breakfast features a range of small plates, egg dishes and other classic plates and sides, such as Spiced Banana Bread with whipped honey butter; Bruleed Grapefruit with ginger-vanilla sugar; Avocado Toast with poached eggs, green harissa and mixed greens; Fried Egg Sandwich with pancetta, fontina, swiss chard and sriracha aioli; Almond-Crusted French Toast with pineapple foster and Devonshire cream; and more.

The pastry program is overseen by Erin Walling, formerly of Per Se and Café Boulud, and includes an extensive in-house bakery and ice cream program along with composed plates such as ‘Almond Joy’ Layer Cake: devil’s food, coconut mousse, almond ganache, chocolate glaze and toasted coconut; Rhubarb Granita: hisbiscus-poached rhubarb, kefir cream and lemon meringue; and BR Sundae: housemade banana-butterscotch, brandied cherry and rocky road ice creams, salted caramel sauce, whipped cream, candied pecans and honeycomb.

Bowery Road’s beverage program, overseen by beverage director Kyle Tran, will include four draft cocktails, carefully crafted and artfully garnished, including a Moscow Mule, Pure Raza Española G&T, Mojito and Paloma, along with a selection of signature drinks like a Cherry Cobbler with amontadillo sherry, sour cherry, maurin quina and lemon, garnished with mint, cherries and powdered sugar over pebble ice; Roebling Cocktail: El Dorado 3 rum, amaro montenegro, “root beer” syrup and lemon; and the Green Party: Botanist gin, cucumber, celery, pernod, chareau aloe, dill and lemon. The wine program will include a selection of 60 recommended bottles for $60 or less, plus a more robust list of wide-ranging options, and an accessible by-the-glass selection with a focus on domestic offerings.

Designed by Dutch East Design—the team behind Pouring Ribbons, Jeepney and more—Bowery Road is a 90-seat bi-level restaurant offering a sense of eased sophistication with eclectic flair, inspired by the historic Bowery district in which it sits. Light oak, blackened steel and leather banquettes line the walls, set beneath caramel, charcoal and white oak wood panels surrounding the dynamic space. A 30-foot custom chandelier with steel-encased brown topaz glass sconces spans the upper and lower floors, inviting guests to explore the cellar level dining and private dining areas.

The Library of Distilled Spirits is a living resource for information on spirits and the history of cocktails. Built in partnership with Employee’s Only Dushan Zaric, the bar program boasts a collection of 1,000 unique spirits, all catalogued in a multi-volume encyclopedia and housed in a dramatic 16-by-20-foot floor-to-ceiling library wall. Upon arrival, guests will be presented with a one-page menu of seasonal cocktails along with a longer Cocktail Book, all overseen by beverage director Kyle Tran.

A guest’s guide to the Library’s offerings, the Encyclopedia of Distilled Spirits is divided into sections by spirit category, each including a history of the spirit and its role in cocktail culture overtime, followed by a selection of signature cocktails and classics, with full recipe and production method described, for avid cocktail enthusiasts who want to know more, and concluding with a list of all spirits in that category available in the Library. The Library will also have a large collection of books on cocktails and spirits for patrons to peruse.

The Library’s cocktail offerings will include nearly 150 classics, ranging from the earliest drinks recorded to more modern tipples made famous at cocktail bars across the country, along with a selection of crafted signatures created by Tran and Zaric, including highlights such as Western Addition: blanco tequila, rhubarb sauce, Madagascar peppercorn tincture, Verjus blanc, and sparkling sake, served up and garnished with a petrified flower; Vauvert Swizzle: green tea vodka, green chartreuse, lemon and grapefruit juice, honey syrup, orange blossom water, topped with sparkling rosé and a nasturtium flower; Port Royal: Banks 7 rum, Plantation OFTD rum, black truffle honey, bitters, topped with shaved truffles.

Also designed by Dutch East, the bar’s glowing liquor library shelves are the focal point of the Library of Distilled Spirits’ interior. Found vintage captain’s chairs and small tables scattered around the room offer a relaxing environment for daytime enjoyment or a lively cocktail scene at night. White glass lamps encased in brass line the walls and zinc bar top, casting an inviting glow visible through the street-facing windows. A heavy wood communal library table sits at the center of the room, beneath a large three-tiered chandelier fitted with bulbous glass sconces, offering a comfortable space for groups to gather.

Bowery Road will be open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7am-11pm. Reservations are recommended by booking online or by calling 212-432-1324. Library of Distilled Spirits will serve lunch and dinner, 11am-1am, seven days a week. Be sure to follow both on social media @boweryroad and @libraryofdistilledspirits.

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