There’s nothing temporary about this over-the-top dining room shed.
A chic West Village “supper club” called 4 Charles Prime Rib has taken full advantage of the city’s pandemic program by allowing street-side dining shacks, fencing lavishly furnished booths, air conditioning, ceiling fans, floral wallpaper and hardwood – the most luxurious barn in the Big Apple.
Gold paintings of dogs and landscapes adorn the walls and the exterior is tastefully decorated with shrubs and lanterns. Translucent glass windows blur the outside world, allowing diners to eat away from the hoi polloi’s prying eyes.
“With crystal chandeliers, plush leather chairs and paintings lining dark wood walls, this nocturnal dining room winks at a lost era,” the website boasts.
“It was more than likely what was reasonable,” admitted owner Brendan Sodikoff, who declined to say how much he spent on the shed.
“Part of what we wanted to do was build something that could exemplify what they could be – incredibly clean and well-maintained and an addition to the neighborhood,” he said.
Opened in 2016, 4 Charles is one of many high-end spots from the San Diego-born restaurateur. Reservations are hard to come by and those who do manage to score can expect some serious cash. A pound of Alaskan crab legs and claws will set you back $176, while the house’s signature prime rib is $145. You can wash that down with a $2,440 bottle of Chateau Lafite Rothschild from Bordeaux. A wagyu cheeseburger with thick-sliced bacon costs $44.
Sodikoff said the structure was built in full compliance with city regulations and he would like it to become a permanent addition to the neighborhood.
The city is currently streamlining an ongoing outdoor dining program, which would be administered by the Department of Transportation.
“If you just sit outside — which I do sometimes — and just kind of watch people interact with the restaurant, there’s a lot of positive interactions,” he said.
However, others have backed off, saying that even beautiful barns like Sodikoff’s had to go.
“Some of these huts may be very well done, but we can’t make law based on the exceptions, and the fact is the vast majority are magnets for rodents, homeless people and generally not very well maintained,” said Queens councilor Vickie Paladino. “The simple fact remains that the street is for public use. Other businesses that share a block with these restaurants have the right to have the streets around their businesses available for customer parking and delivery.”
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