The Summit at One Vanderbilt

Manhattan's Most Extraordinary New Skyscraper

One Vanderbilt is a class A office tower in midtown Manhattan, occupying a full city block between Madison Avenue and Vanderbilt Avenue and 42nd Street and 43rd Street.  Standing at 1,401 ft. to the top of the spire, the 59-story building will provide 1.6 million sq. ft. of office and retail space, as well as an observation deck that occupies the top three floors of the building.  The observation deck at One Vanderbilt will benefit greatly from its proximity to Grand Central Terminal, capitalizing on its historical and architectural significance. The food and beverage portion of the observation deck is concentrated on the highest floor, level 59, and provides both indoor and outdoor offerings such as an interior bar and lounge and exterior locations for food and beverage carts.
We had a dream! A vision – how do I bring it all to life?

The idea sounds simple:
  • Create a concept
  • Curate the right items and products
  • Bring it to creation
Even with a wealth of F&B experience, the process take meticulous attention, detailed oriented information and professional oversight ensuring all stakeholders are coordinated and aligned to meet the goals as outlined by the team. Your vision becomes a reality with our stratagy, creating a strong foundation enabling you to implement the program that you can build upon for many decades.
Work with our food service design consultant to facilitate FS architectural plans with MEP specifications at One Vanderbilt. Gigachef will act as owner’s consultant to evaluate and advise ownership on the conceptual development and operational efficiencies of the food & beverage operation at One Vanderbilt.

In this capacity, my services included: 
  • Oversight of menu offering development, including evaluation of economic feasibility (brands, pricing, variety, and quality)
  • Negotiate license agreements for featured brands and vendors
  • Create pro’s and con’s document for operating in-house vs outsourcing
  • Create high level proforma for a self-operating scenario
  • Operational plan assessment (space requirements and work flow to support)
  • Facility developement & design
  • Bid packages, shop drawings, construction oversight and monitoring
  • Ensure project meets budget 
To insure the operation will perform at the owners expectation on a continuous and consistent basis, additionally securing the financial accountability through efficiencies, waste, productivity and asset management. These areas will be reviewed, evaluated, critiqued and revised on a continuous basis through CD 100%. The following are a sample of responsibility’s that will be executed. 

  • Operational space requirements to support concept
  • Concept guardrail document
  • Hypethetical manu offering with flexible equipment support
  • Integration of design with concept
  • Department of Health requirements & sanitation practices
  • Equipment placement for maximum efficiencies
  • Queuing areas and design for speed of service
  • Limited garbage footprint
  • BOH support for concept execution
  • Over sight of construction during building
  • Advise on design, including soft sketches and CAD drawings 
  • Advise on purchase of equipment, small wares and supplies
  • Review and recommend employee training, service, and safety practices 
  • Monitor compliance with MWBE(Minority and Women Business Enterprise) and Community Benefit Agreement (CBA) commitments (if applicable)
Project Cost
$3.31 Billion
Completion Date
October 2021

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