With a nod to Prohibition-era speakeasies, Great Jones Distilling Co. has opened its doors in NoHo on the corner of Broadway and Great Jones. As Manhattan’s first whiskey distillery in more than 100 years, the four-story space—composed of the ground-floor Grid restaurant helmed by chef Adam Raksin, a subterranean speakeasy and a functioning distillery with a tasting room and retail store—is a moody homage to last century’s roaring ’20s reimagined for this century’s tipplers.
“Elements of grit and grandeur mingle to provide an experience that is classically, quintessentially and unmistakably New York,” says David Fierabend, principal at Groundswell Design Group, who oversaw the interiors. There’s a restored façade with brass accents and Art Deco detailing that opens up to a sweeping grand staircase that recalls the city’s industrial history.
Inside, warm wood paneling, sumptuous leather banquettes and chandeliers invoke old New York, while shiny copper stills are the centerpiece of the second-floor distillery and tasting room.