Cuisine Modern American
Address Hotel On Rivington
New York, NY 10002
Date Established October, 2005
Executive Chef Jesi Solomon
Owner Paul & Rena Stallings
Pastry Chefs Concepcion Sotarriba
Dining Room Hours
Breakfast: Daily 7am – 11am
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 11am – 3pm
Lunch: Monday-Friday noon – 3pm
Dinner: Sunday-Wednesday 6pm-midnight
Lounge: Lounge menu available one hour later than dinner.
Dinner Prices: “Firsts” $9-$14, “For The Table” $14-$16, “Mains” $16-$28. Desserts: From $9.
The Space Marcel Wanders
Seating Dining room 90
Private Events Kara Hayes
Thor serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, and brunch on the weekends. A late-night menu is served nightly, and twenty-four-hour room service is available for hotel guests. Thor is located in the Hotel On Rivington at 107 Rivington Street. New York NY, 10002. Reservations: 212-796-8040; www.hotelonrivington.com.
Review By Nancy Walman
Executive Chef Jesi Solomon Creates Magic
Thor, derived from the acronym for The Hotel on Rivington, is a total knockout of a restaurant in every way. The airy, atrium-like dining room features a 21-foot soaring glass ceiling that offers views of the Lower East Side’s historic tenement buildings. Curtains designed by Ateliers Charles Jouffre from Paris and Six foot black “Phillipe Starck for Baccarat” Chandeliers have been added to complement Marcel Wanders’s original soaring design that focuses on a palate of black and gray with oversized booths and tables and strategically placed votive candles. The minimalist design is enhanced with lovely sprigs of lilies on each table and fabric wallpaper.
Thor also has a new Executive Chef: Jesi Solomon. No stranger to the Lower East Side, Jesi joins Thor from the nearby restaurant Stanton Social. Part of the neighborhood’s culinary scene for over three years, Solomon is beginning to develop a strong reputation for his take on combining Mediterranean flavors with American cuisine.
At Thor, Solomon proffers a flexible menu offering dishes from small plates and sides to shared plates and entrees, incorporating his characteristic bold flavors into market-fresh creations. With a focus on colorful and cutting edge flavors, new dishes include melt-in-your-mouth Grilled Octopus with Fennel Olive Panzanella, a unique Tuna Tartar with Snap Peas and Olive Tapenade and a deceptively simple and simply delicious Spinach Salad with Peppered Bacon, Deviled Eggs and Mustard Vinaigrette (All “Firsts”).
In the “For The Table Category,” Crispy Potato Gnocchi with Foie Glazed Balsamic Figs, is a three star dish by any foodie’s standards: plump, light and beautifully balanced, it is class with a capital “C.” Also wonderful, was a Charcuterie Platter of Pork Belly Rillettes, Boudin Noir and Pickled Watermelon Rind and scrumptious Bacon and Oyster Hushpuppies with Chipotle Tartar-sauce . Go easy on the gratis warm Focaccia and delectable White Bean and Grated Cheese Dip as well as Teasers like Smoked Brie Cheese. There are still “Mains’ to follow.
We loved the Spiced Rack of Lamb with Feta Chile Relleno, but the Chili Glazed Duck Breast & Tangerine Fennel Salad sang of summer and Maple Brined Pork Tenderloin with Smoked Goat Cheese and Grilled Peach was also terrific. Fish lovers will delight in the Atlantic Halibut with Black Pepper Beluga Lentils and Caviar Crème Fraiche.
Cocktails are extraordinary, especially a “Makers Mark” concoction dubbed The “East Sider” and what we crown as the town’s best Martini. The wine list offers loads of excellent choices for under $40 and an exceptionally low markup. Wines by the glass are in perfect condition and priced in a range of $9-$13. Look to Spain and you won’t go wrong.
Service is professional, friendly and guiding (our server happened to be the chef’s brother). Desserts are not to be slighted. A Peanut Butter Sundae with Salted Chocolate and Caramelized Banana was decadent and Chocolate Bread Pudding with Brown Butter Rum and Vanilla Ice Cream was elegant.
In one of the trendiest restaurant sections of Manhattan, The Hotel on Rivington offers a civilized oasis and its restaurant Thor, thanks to chef Jesi Solomon, is not only wonderful, but a downright bargain, rating “A Major” on The Walman Report.
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Jesi’s flair for exciting cuisine makes sense in the hotel that has consistently helped pioneer style in this changing neighborhood.Jesi reflects on his new venture saying, “This is what I have been working towards all these years. I’m ecstatic to finally have the opportunity to fully introduce my menu which reflects who I am as a chef.”
Solomon’s collection of culinary experiences stem from all parts of the globe. Having the opportunity to begin his career in Europe, he was exposed to a variety of cuisines and techniques. In 2003, Jesi moved back to the States and obtained a position with Rice Restaurant in the W Hotel in San Diego. Serving contemporary world cuisine, Jesi was able to develop a range of diverse global flavors into the menu. In 2005, Jesi moved to New York City and landed at Stanton Social, projecting his career to the next level. Solomon’s arrival at Thor is the next anticipated continuation of his career.
“Jesi is an extremely talented chef who brings credible experience to Thor. We are thrilled to welcome his vibrant personality into the kitchen and we look forward to the impact he will make at our hotel,” says Paul Stallings, owner of Hotel On Rivington.