There’s nothing temporary about this over-the-top dining shed.
A swanky West Village “supper club” called 4 Charles Prime Rib has maxed out the city’s pandemic program by facilitating roadside dining shacks and decking out its enclosure with richly padded alcoves, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, floral wallpaper, and hardwoods — most luxury shacks in the Big Apple.
Gold-framed 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 guests to escape the prying eyes of Hoi Polloi.
“With crystal chandeliers, plush leather seating, and paintings on dark wood walls, this nocturnal dining room is reminiscent of a lost era,” boasts the website.
“It was more than likely, which was reasonable,” admitted owner Brendan Sodikoff, refusing to say how much he spent on the shed.
“Part of what we wanted to do was build something that could be an example of what they could be — incredibly clean and well-maintained and an asset to the neighborhood,” he said.
Opened in 2016, 4 Charles is one of several high-end spots owned by the San Diego-born restaurateur. Reservations are hard to come by and those who manage to score one can expect to lose big bucks. A pound of Alaskan crab legs and claws is $176, while the signature bone-in prime rib is $145. You can wash that down with a $2,440 bottle of Bordeaux’s Chateau Lafite Rothschild. A Wagyu cheeseburger with thick-cut bacon costs $44.
Sodikoff said the building was constructed in full compliance with city ordinances and he would like to see it become a lasting addition to the neighborhood.
The city is currently working to streamline a permanent outdoor dining program administered by the Department of Transportation.
“If you just sit outside — which I do sometimes — and just watch people interact with the restaurant, there’s a lot of positive interactions,” he said.
Others, however, have pushed back, saying that even beautiful sheds like Sodikoff’s had to go.
“Some of these shacks may be very well executed but we cannot legislate on the basis of the exceptions and the fact is the vast majority attract rodents, are homeless and are generally not very well cared for,” said Queens Councilwoman Vicky Paladino. “The simple fact remains that the road is in public use. Other businesses that share a block with these restaurants have the right to make the streets around their business available for customer parking and deliveries.”
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