Low, five-story buildings brimming with artist lofts used to define New York’s SoHo neighborhood—once called “the valley” for the large buildings surrounding it to the north and south. Now, the chic region south of Houston Street is home to compelling art galleries, high-end boutiques, major fashion labels, and its first significant skyscraper—Trump SoHo New York.
At 46 stories, the fifth member of the Trump Hotel Collection is the neighborhood’s tallest building as well as its first full-service, five-star accommodation. On the top floor of the gleaming glass tower—above the hotel’s Turkish-inspired spa, 391 guestrooms, and 10 penthouses—is the SoHi event room. The nearly 1,600-square-foot contemporary space offers panoramic views that stretch beyond downtown Manhattan to the Statue of Liberty, the Hudson River, and the Williamsburg and Brooklyn bridges.
From that high perch, Charlie Palmer’s nominee Dante Boccuzzi will take to the kitchen on October 27 to cook the final competition dinner in Robb Report’s 2012 Culinary Masters Competition Look for the January issue to find out who will reign as the first New Culinary Master.