Nolitan Hotel’s ellabess Hosts Black & White Truffle Dinner

ellabess, a seasonal American restaurant headed by acclaimed chef Troy Unruh which opened in the Nolitan Hotel this summer, is hosting a luxurious Black & White Truffle Dinner tomorrow evening (November 15, 2011)!  These truffles, from P.A.Q. truffles, will be prepared in a number of ways by the one and only Chef Troy Unruh.

Nestled in the Nolitan Hotel, ellabess prides itself in serving both hotel patrons and all New Yorkers looking for an exceptional dining experience.  In fact, ellabess is quickly establishing itself as Nolita’s destination for seasonal American fare. ellabess is operated by Epicurean Management, the hospitality company whose restaurants include New York City favorites dell’anima, L’Artusi and Anfora, and offers guests a variety of market fresh dishes, house cocktails, thoughtfully selected wines and beers, and a dynamic design in one of New York’s most exciting neighborhoods.

Upon walking into ellabess, guests will notice the light, airy aesthetic, courtesy of designers Grzywinski+Pons.  Two full walls of floor-to-ceiling windows provide an abundance of natural light throughout the restaurant and an opportunity for guests to look out into the bustling Nolita neighborhood.  The 70-seat space also features a number of unique design elements, such as the “eco-felt” that lines the ceiling and significantly reduces interior noise, Natura water filters, and a 20’ high wine wall next to the white Carrera marble bar.  Custom-made oak tables and chairs, Austrian white oak floors, ceramic brick tiles, and Italian polymer globe lamps, are among the other components.  A 12-seat lounge area is directly adjacent to the restaurant in the lobby of the Nolitan hotel, and guests can enjoy cocktails and small bites while they wait for a table.

Chef Unruh offers guests his inspired take on seasonal American ingredients, with appetizers such as Lentil Hummus, Steak Skewers, Chicken Banh Mi Sliders, Fried Sweetbreads, Broccoli Soup, Delicata Squash, Roasted Baby Beets, Fluke Ceviche, Charred Octopus, Quail and Seared Foie Gras. Guest will also enjoy Unruh’s larger plates, which include a Dry-Aged Steak Burger, Fried Chicken, Niman Ranch Pork Chop, Chatham Bay Cod and Roasted Monkfish.

Pastry Chef Carmine Arroyo refined his sweet talents at Citarella and Tabla before coming to ellabess, and he displays his skill with such desserts asa Tomato Upside Down Cake, Milk Chocolate Mousse, Waffle Soufflé with Maple Ice Cream and Candied Pecans, and assorted house-made ice creams and sorbets such as Malted Chocolate, Plum, Tahitian Vanilla, Raspberry Strawberry and Cherry Amaretto.Unruh’s menu is complemented by a diverse beer, wine and cocktail list featuring a variety of classic and contemporary drinks.   Developed by Beverage Director Graig Adler, ellabess’ beverage program includes takes on classic cocktails such as the White Russian; Harvey Wallbanger; Rusty Nail; and a Tom Collins; and a variety of wines by the glass, and craft beers such as Ommegang Wit, Corsendonk Pale, and Saison DuPont.

ellabess is located at 153 Elizabeth Street (at Kenmare Street) and is currently open for breakfast, dinner and lounge service daily.


Opening-The Nolitan Hotel Checks in Guests Starting August 1st

The Nolitan Hotel will officially be opening its doors to the public next week on August 1st!  Located at the corner of Kenmare and Elizabeth Streets, The Nolitan Hotel is the first boutique hotel to occupy Nolita. The Nolitan has a beautiful and luxurious design aesthetic both inside and out, creating the perfect balance to the eclectic personality of the surrounding neighborhood.


After a sneak peak to the building, this will fast become one of New York City’s most enviable destinations to stay.  From the moment that you reserve a room for your stay, you are going to be blown away by every detail of service that you experience.  Have a pet that you don’t want to leave behind on your stay?  No matter what the size (cat or dog), they are more than welcome to join you and will be encouraged by Nolitan’s Director of Pet Relations, a Shepweiler named Penny, to share their dietary requirements.

Speaking of, on a special or restricted diet?  Let the staff know prior to your stay and you mini fridge will be stocked to meet your requirements!  If you plan on heading to Equinox to relax in a yoga class, but don’t want to travel with your mat, they have that covered too-each room has a Nolitan yoga mat ready for your use. . From the right pillow type, organizing your gym schedule or even booking a bath for your dog, making each and every guest feel at home is what The Nolitan is all about. Personal packing and unpacking services even available and are complimentary on request!  They have truly covered it all.

Now, on to the design.  The hotel was designed by Grzywinski+Pons with the idea of infusing the inside world with the outside world, utilizing a glass façade, which also allows an immense amount of natural lighting to flood throughout. Some guests can enjoy the street life from their private balconies; other guests can enjoy floor to ceiling windows in their rooms that provide an unobstructed view of the neighborhood and the magnificent skyline. The use of channel glass in the rooms opens up the space to the streetscape below without compromising privacy.

Right as you walk into the lobby, you get the sense of calm & feel right at home-the luxurious leather seats, curated book selection from neighborhood favorite Phaidon Books and Jennifer Steinkamp’s video installation on view, you sense the hotel’s and neighborhood’s personality.  Everywhere you turn, there are custom graphics that immediately put a smile on your face, from the silhouette on the wall accompanying you up the stairs to the restroom sign in the lobby, the design team left no stone unturned.

Creating a place that connects visitors to the neighborhood in an authentic way is at the heart of this project. The Nolitan was created by Veracity Development, which has deep roots in this community and is fully invested in the long-term growth and prosperity of Nolita.

“The Nolitan Hotel is a very intimate property and we want every guest to feel at home.  We only have 55 rooms, which means we can really get to know our guests and provide them with a level of personalized service they simply couldn’t get at other hotels.  This is a place where you will be greeted by first name and where you will be remembered when you come back,” said Patrik Horstmann General Manager of The Nolitan.

Since The Nolitan is about feeling at home and like a part of the community, creating comfortable and welcoming public spaces in the hotel was essential. The Nolitan features a lobby lounge, the on-site restaurant ellabess and a breathtaking rooftop.

Guest Rooms

The intimate hotel has 55 rooms, which means every guest can expect personalized attention and intuitive service.  Guest rooms come in a variety of shapes and sizes (eight types to be exact). There are Neighborhood rooms and Cityscape rooms – some with private balconies and others with floor to ceiling windows. There’s something for everyone at The Nolitan.

Each hotel room features a king or queen size bed, beautiful hardwood oak floors and Corian® accented bathrooms appointed with rain shower fixtures, plush bathrobes and bath amenities by Nolita’s own Red Flower. Most guest rooms have an open bathroom layout and a separate WC. Modern amenities such as 37” HD flat screen televisions by LG, iPod enabled stereos by Vers and premium in-room entertainment are standard in all guest rooms.

The hotel prides itself on providing guests with an affordable mini bar with a wide variety of offerings from classic standards like M&Ms to health-conscious choices like coconut water and Pop Chips, and peanut allergy sensitive products like non-factory made cookies.

Services & Amenities

The Nolitan Hotel’s services and amenities provide all the comforts of home combined with the luxury that makes staying in a boutique hotel special. To provide superior service, The Nolitan has created a suite of services and amenities that truly distinguish the hotel. All hotel guests can take advantage of special shopping offers, personalized services and discounts provided by partnering neighborhood boutiques and brands. There are also Nolitan branded skateboards and bicycles for loan at the front desk, so you can really hit the streets.

The Nolitan is proud to feature world-class dining on-site, and its restaurant, ellabess, which is already open. ellabess, a seasonal American restaurant headed by acclaimed chef Troy Unruh, is operated by Epicurean Management, the hospitality company whose restaurants include New York City favorites dell’anima, L’Artusi and Anfora. Unruh will offer guests a variety of market fresh dishes, such as Peeky Toe Crab with Squash, Uni Butter, Cilantro, and Sesame Cracker; Roasted Lamb Sirloin with Black Cardamom and Baby Fennel; and Rhubarb Clafouti with Sweet Corn Ice Cream. Unruh’s menu will be complemented by a diverse and thoughtful beer, wine and cocktail list featuring a variety of classic and contemporary drinks. The 70-seat restaurant and lounge is designed by Grzywinski+Pons, and features two full walls of windows, providing natural light throughout the space and enabling guests to watch the activity in the neighborhood. Diners will also find custom-made oak tables and chairs, Austrian white oak floors, and a white Carrera marble bar. ellabess will be open daily, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and will be a destination for hotel guests and New Yorkers alike.

The Nolitan’s rooftop offers 2,400 square feet of deck space with sweeping city views of downtown, midtown, Brooklyn and more. The hotel’s landscaped rooftop offers seating which can be configured for special events or private parties. The rooftop’s design creates the ultimate oasis in the city with shade canopies for sunny days and an outdoor fireplace for chilly nights.

About The Nolitan Hotel

Located at the corner of Kenmare and Elizabeth Streets, The Nolitan Hotel is the first boutique luxury hotel to open up shop in Nolita – one of the city’s most endearing neighborhoods. The Nolitan offers all the service, style and amenities of a luxury hotel, without the stuffiness. It’s a place where guests will feel at home and a part of the neighborhood. The Nolitan Hotel is focused on connecting its guests to the best of the neighborhood and providing those special touches that make guests feel welcome and a part of the family when they are here.

Overall, a stay at The Nolitan Hotel is going to give you the genuine New York experience that you crave when visiting the city, a real sense of belonging and incredibly personal service. It’s the kind of “luxury meets low-key” hotel you always wished you could find in New York City.  Check out their opening rates and book your stay now at


The Nolitan – Nolita Hotels

Arriving Spring 2011, The Nolitan Hotel is a the first luxury boutique hotel to open in the Nolita neighborhood, at the corner of Kenmare and Elizabeth Streets.   The Nolitan Hotel combines luxurious downtown living with luxury boutique hotel services and amenities to create a distinct New York City experience, while offering accommodations, intuitive service and the comforts of home. And, with only 55 rooms, you can be sure the hotel will take great care of you.

Features and Amenities

The Nolitan Hotel features 55  hotel rooms and luxury hotel suites featuring accommodations that are sophisticated in design, yet still comfortable . When you stay at the Nolitan, you’ll live life like a Nolitan.  The service is impeccable, and the hotel will provide you with entrée to the best Nolita has to offer. Whether you’re here on business and need easy access to the Financial District and Midtown Manhattan, or here on holiday to explore the numerous galleries, boutiques, restaurants and nightlife of Nolita, SoHo, Little Italy, and New York City’s historic Lower East Side –  settle in and revel in the charm and character that define the Manhattan streets of the this neighborhood.

With eight different room types, the hotel is sure to have the right room for you. The luxury Neighborhood hotel rooms occupy the lower floors and most are available with balconies or wheelchair accessible features. The Cityscape rooms provide a higher vantage point and most are also available with balconies. All rooms at The Nolitan feature 300 thread count sateen bed linens and SEALY mattresses, 37″ plasma flat screen TVs, open bathrooms with rain showers and luxurious bath and body products by red flower, plush bathrobes, slippers, iPod enabled stereo systems, in-room gaming systems available upon request, modern data ports, voicemail, electronic safes big enough to fit laptops, individually controlled air conditioning, ceiling fans, gourmet mini bars, 24-hour concierge service, 24-hour laundry and dry cleaning service, cribs and in-room babysitting services, and is also pet friendly.

The Nolitan Hotel concierge services are designed to give you a truly luxurious New York City hotel experience. They are available to assist you with arranging all transportation, theater, entertainment, restaurant reservations, babysitting services, spa appointments, business services and special requests. The bath amenities are provided by luxury lifestyle spa experts Red Flower – a Nolita native. All guests receive a daily complimentary all access pass to Equinox Fitness, voted the best gym in America by Fitness Magazine, which is just a short stroll from Hotel. Intimate and distinctive downtown space for private events is available on the hotel’s rooftop and throughout, from small social gatherings to private events, the Nolitan Hotel will exceed expectations with our signature service and attention to detail.


The Nolitan Hotel sits in one of New York City’s most authentic and endearing neighborhoods – Nolita. An abbreviation for the downtown Manhattan district that sits just North of Little Italy, Nolita has emerged as one of New York City’s most convenient and cosmopolitan destinations. The Nolitan Hotel is the first luxury boutique hotel to arrive in Manhattan’s Nolita neighborhood. It is bordered by SoHo, Little Italy, Chinatown, the Bowery and Manhattan’s Lower East Side. From Houston Street to Broome and from Lafayette to the Bowery, the urban energy of downtown Manhattan is palpable and The Nolitan Hotel is your place to experience it.

Steeped in history, and once home to immigrants and working class residences of New York City, Nolita is comprised of an eclectic mix of designer boutiques, galleries, café’s, restaurants and celebrated architecture such as the famed Puck Building and St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral. Built in 1815, St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral served as New York City’s first Roman Catholic cathedral until the new St. Patrick’s was opened on Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan in 1879.

Nolita today maintains the perfect balance of a charming residential neighborhood north of Little Italy in New York, cultural and creative enclave, and sophisticated business district. Avant-garde artists and retailers such as Fresh Inc., Odin, John Fluevog, Duncan Quinn, Sigerson Morrison, and Calypso all call Nolita their home. The thriving nightlife, quaint cafes and landmark restaurants and eateries such as Balthazar, Café Gitane, La Esquina and newcomer Torrisi Specialties are just steps away from The Nolitan Hotel and a nice respite from a day of business, shopping or sightseeing.