Haute 100 NYC: Aby Rosen Pays $26M for SoHo Property


Aby Rosen, Seagram Building owner, has just closed on a new property in Soho.

According to The Real, Rosen purchased a four-story building at 350 Lafayette Street for $26 million. The purchase was made under Rosen’s RFR Holding LLC, a Manhattan based, privately controlled real estate investment, development and management company.

RFR sealed the deal on Thursday, July 16th. The 15,000-square-foot building, which is currently a women’s homeless shelter, may soon be converted into retail space. According to the property’s records filed on Monday, the space will be available for a “single tenant” retail opportunity in the third quarter of this year.

In addition to closing on the property located at the intersection of Lafayette and Bond streets, Rosen has also announced what will be replacing the Four Seasons.

The skyscraper located at 375 Park Avenue has been home to the Four Seasons since 1959. However, come next July the property will no longer be home to the 56-year-old eatery once noted as “spectacular in décor and menu.” It has been reported Rosen has tapped restaurant connoisseurs the Major Food Group to take over the iconic space. Major Food Group, which is a New York based restaurant group founded by Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi, and Jeff Zalaznick, is known for its decadent restaurants like Carbone, Dirty French and Santina.

The group is slated to take over the legendary Pool and Grill rooms, where power players Henry Kissinger, Pete Peterson as well as Haute 100 listers Tom Ford, Anna Wintour and Warren Buffett have dined. The restaurant group will also take over the Brasserie space on East 53rd Street. Thus far, we do know the menu will be different, along with the atmosphere.

In an interview with the New York Times, Jeff Zalaznick said, “The idea is to restore and reinvigorate the greatest restaurant space that’s ever existed.”