Chelsea is a vibrant neighborhood with New York City’s largest collection of art galleries, artisanal coffee shops, and many (mainly gay) bars.
By day, residents are rushing in athleisure wear beside their leashed dogs; and by night, they are rushing to their favorite 8th Avenue hangout for a bottle pour (and more).
Last September, The Moore opened its industrial doors on West 22nd Street to welcome all into the chic-boutique hotel, designed by Vanessa Guillford. Overnight guests have access to 80 contemporary rooms and one sleek penthouse, complete with simple oblong fixtures and timber touches – enough for a comfortable night’s sleep (and nothing more).
The six-story hotel building was originally purchased by Clement Clarke Moore in 1830 – hence “The Moore” – and will continue to celebrate the Chelsea area, per co-founders and developers Terrence Lowenberg and Tod Cohen of Icon Realty Management (IRM).
“They [IRM] were looking to expand into the hotel space, and this building (plus the location) inspired them to create a space that would be part of the community,” shares John Seaborne, operations manager at The Moore. “Our property is a very intimate space where we are able to interact naturally [like neighbors] with our guests throughout the day.”
Here, guests receive a “residential experience” reflecting the spirited lives of local Chelsea citizens. The stylish lobby lounge portrays a social (sometimes work) space with two nearby wine options fittingly named: Moore Wine, a seasonal rooftop wine spot atop the hotel, and Café Moore, a marble morning-to-night bar adjacent to the concierge desk.
“[It’s] casual, luxurious, elegant…” describes Polina Katz, wine manager at The Moore. “Both hotel guests and visitors can enjoy our wine selection at the lobby bar.” The reflective back bar displays pretty wine bottle labels and rainbow vintage glassware, curated by Jillian Tuttle of @cute.sip, to represent gay pride history within Chelsea. Imbibers can pick their glass to sip from and sit anywhere among the lobby wall-art by local LGBTQIA+ artists, or above the tree-lined streets with rooftop views.
The wine list is minimal with carefully-selected choices to meet diverse palates and preferences; perhaps a beautiful and buttery Chardonnay from California, or a fresh, fruit-forward Tinto red from Portugal. “One of my personal favorites is Jean-Claude Lapalu Beaujolais Villages Vieilles Vignes 2020. It’s very juicy and energetic – full of red fruit and spicy flavors,” Katz mentions. “Lapalu is one of the most respected growers in Beaujolais and a leader in the natural wine movement in France, which I’m a big supporter of.” Next spring, Katz plans to expand the wine list with more natural wine options, as well as offering a small plates menu to accompany either pour or bottle.
Whether grabbing a cup of coffee, catching up with a friend over fizzy wine, or focusing on some work “from home,” guests (and residents) can view The Moore as a gathering space where urban life unwinds, or a central place to eat, drink, and explore within New York City.
“I LOVE playing concierge! Eat at Motel Morris or Shukette, drink at Jungle Bird and Barracuda, and wander Historic Chelsea (West 20th, 21st, and 22nd Streets between 9th and 10th Avenues) to Clement Clarke Moore Park,” Seaborne suggests.