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Osteria Lumaca, chef and restaurateur John DeLucie’s newest venture, has officially opened its doors. Located in HGU New York Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel in Manhattan’s NoMad neighborhood, 60-seat Osteria Lumaca is a seafood-driven, coastal Italian restaurant. The restaurant derives its name from the Italian word for snail, and is one of three installments in DeLucie’s full culinary vision for the hotel, which also includes the HGU Rooftop Bar and The Lumaca Lounge.

Designed by architect Peter Guzy of Asfour Guzy Architects, plush banquettes complement the original 1905 beaux arts plasterwork on the ceiling and marble-clad bar with custom glass and steel shelving. Gallery 151 has curated a custom art collection that adds to the space’s ambience. Exclusive framed photography from American photographer Anton Perich also adorns the restaurant. The Lumaca Lounge also features photographic works by Sebastian Piras, Ralph Gibson, Lee Jaffe, Anna Friemoth’s “Words for Women” series, Robert Weingarten, Marcia Reznick and a selection of four paintings from the “Girlfriends of the Rolling Stones” series by Liz Markus.

For much of the past two decades, DeLucie has been working his career around New York City. Since his days at the Waverly Inn, DeLucie has been busy opening Bedford & Co. at the Renwick Hotel, re-opening the Empire Diner, and launching the Ainslie in Brooklyn.

Photo: Courtesy of HGU New York Hotel


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