Chumley’s, the beloved bar for creatives and other celebrated imbibers, is returning in mid-October with nods to the talents who, since the 1920s, have toasted at 86 Bedford Street, including: Willa Cather, E.E. Cummings, Theodore Dreiser, William Faulkner, Ring Lardner, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Eugene O’Neill, John Dos Passos, and John Steinbeck.
But Alessandro Borgognone—the restaurateur with a knack for creating boîtes with elusive charm, like Sushi Nakazawa—is most impressed with Ernest Hemingway: “There are a ‘book load’ of people who actually came here but, for me, who I feel closest to is probably Hemingway. One of my favorites. I think the idea of salvaging all this history and showcasing it was the coolest part about it.”
Borgognone has welcomed chef Victoria Blamey, who created a menu that harkens the era of Prohibition. Borgognone enthuses, “My favorite would be the steak for two. When you walk into this establishment, there is a very manly feeling. It gives you almost a ‘men’s club’ type of feeling. And the menu is old. You have the beef tartare and the oysters with caviar. You have head cheese with pickled vegetables. And we have our version of fried chicken with a Cognac sauce.”