Hell’s Kitchen is set to lose two of its most cherished hospitality landmarks. The Press Lounge, a celebrated rooftop bar known for its stunning skyline views, and PRINT, a beloved farm-to-table eatery, have both announced their impending closure. After more than a decade of serving locals and tourists alike, the establishments, both located at the INK48 Hotel on 11th Avenue, will shut their doors permanently on February 1, 2024.
Owner Adam Block, a pivotal figure in the Hell’s Kitchen culinary scene, cited the inability to sustain business under current economic conditions as the primary reason for the closure.
The Press Lounge, with its panoramic views of the Hudson River and the Manhattan skyline, has been a popular spot for both casual evening drinks and high-profile events. PRINT, known for its commitment to locally sourced ingredients, has been a pioneer in the farm-to-table movement, setting a high standard for culinary excellence in the area. The group employed a member of staff as a forager to make sure they got the finest ingredients for their bar and restaurant.
Despite this setback, Adam Block remains committed to Hell’s Kitchen. In a positive twist, Block announced the expansion of Vesuvio Bakery, another of his ventures. The bakery, renowned for its artisanal bread, coffee and pastries, is set to reopen its Hell’s Kitchen location in the new year. The coffee shop on 10th Avenue originally opened at Vesuvio’s commissary location in October 2022, but shuttered earlier this fall while it underwent a transformation to include pizza, beer and wine.
Block, in his announcement, expressed deep gratitude to the community for their unwavering support over the years. “It is with great sadness that we close these chapters after being in operations for over 14 years,” he said. “But we are excited about the opportunities ahead and remain dedicated to serving this vibrant neighborhood.”