Harry’s Table at Waterline Square — Cipriani’s hotly-anticipated artisanal Italian market that was first slated to open in 2019 — is finally set to welcome guests next month. Flagship Bellini restaurant will open first, hosting the tenants of the luxury residences in the square for the first time at the end of this week.
The 28,000 square-foot Harry’s Table is a nod to the restaurant group’s first outpost (Harry’s Bar opened in Venice in 1931), and will not only feature a pizza counter, fishmonger, coffee and gelato bar, a pasta lab, and pastry shop but also high-powered restaurant Bellini — which already has locations in Newport, Rhode Island, Coconut Grove in Miami and Seaport, NY. The restaurant will serve contemporary Italian cuisine, inspired by the Cipriani brothers’ travels as well as the storied history of the original Harry’s Bar, once the watering hole of choice for such notable as Ernest Hemingway, Truman Capote, and Humphrey Bogart.
Insiders tell W42ST that the sophisticated Bellini will first host residents of Waterline Square at the end of this week. Today, the restaurant was already preparing for outdoor dining in the plaza. Workers at the venue also confirmed a public opening of the restaurant and the full Harry’s Table experience will be available to all West Siders in the first weeks of May. [UPDATE: Bellini opened on May 9 — it’s reservations only. Call (212) 750-6690. The full Harry’s Table experience is scheduled to open May 31]
Touted as a place where “a four-generation Cipriani tradition meets timeless freshness”, the restaurant’s moniker is a reference to the famous cocktail invented by Giuseppe Cipriani himself in 1948. According to legend, Cipriani was inspired to name his mix of Prosecco and peach pureé in honor of the sunset-like colors of 15th-century Venetian artist Giovani Bellini. In addition to the eponymous drink, Bellini offers rustic Italian fare like Tortelli with Spinach and Ricotta and Veal Scaloppine “al Limone”.
While guests will be welcome to dine in the warm, wood-paneled space sleekly outfitted with a backlit bar, Bellini will also offer exclusive private dining for well-heeled Waterline Square residents, delivered through the building’s private concierge. The restaurant will also feature curated to-go baskets filled with Italian treats to purchase for extra-luxe Hudson River picnics.
In other West Side Cipriani news, the famed restaurant group had planned to open dance club Musica earlier this year in the 20,000 square-foot building on W50th Street last occupied by Space Ibiza — but there have been no signs of life other than an announcement that their New Year’s Eve opening had been waylaid by Omicron, and a recent aesthetic reset of their Instagram page. For now, Midtown residents craving a bit of la dolce vita will just have to settle for lavish pastries, pasta, and gelato delivered to their doors.