Midtown Manhattan’s newest hotel, Kixby, has officially opened its doors. The project is home to the flagship location of Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer, the Lot 15 bar and lounge, and The Lookup Rooftop. Housed in a historic Beaux-Arts building, formerly the Hotel Metro, Kixby is the passion project of co-owner and managing partner Justin Arest, whose family has operated a hotel on the site since 1995. They partnered with Richard Born and Ira Drukier, the hospitality veterans behind BD Hotels (Bowery Hotel, The Jane, Pod Hotels), and Rockwell Group to design the hotel’s public spaces.
Black Tap (shown) features its signature NYC-inspired dining room where graffiti and neon meet black and white tiles and exposed brick. Like Kixby, Black Tap offers a spin on tradition with inspiration from classic burger joints and an old-school New York vibe. Designed by Rockwell Group, the restaurant features a standalone CrazyShake® Bar, an installation made of 4,000 custom-designed cassette tapes, and an oversized neon boom box.
On the hotel’s roof, Julie Mulligan and Chris Barish from the Black Tap team partnered with Kixby on The Lookup, a rooftop bar. Both the restaurant and the rooftop lounge mix a playful edge with sophisticated, old-world style that syncs with Kixby’s spirit. A green wall with a neon sign greets guests in The Lookup. The three-season space has a summery, crisp, and clean aesthetic, with black and white elements that draw the spirit of Black Tap up to the roof. Tabletops and furniture in bright colors give the space a playful feel.
Lot 15 has a gritty yet sophisticated feeling, with a dark palette that features gold accents, exposed brick and charred black wood walls in a chevron pattern. Design is rounded out with black leather banquettes, high-top seating, custom drapery, art installations by contemporary muralist Fumero, and its own DJ booth.
Arest, along with designing the guestrooms, also assisted Rockwell in designing the lobby. The space was crafted as an atmosphere that has a modernized members-only club feel, with a mix of classic elements such as rich hardwood floors and fluted dark wood paneling. Modern takes on traditional furniture in plush fabrics like velvet and leather nod to the hotel’s past. A feature wall comprised of bronze screens—a latticed work of art inspired by New York’s classic metal elevator gates—illuminates the room.
Photo: Courtesy of Black Tap