Manhattan, NY According to GID Development Group, Somm Cellars Wine & Spirits, a wine store concept crafted by two sommeliers, has signed a retail lease at Waterline Sq., the three-building residential development offering a variety of lifestyle opportunities on the Upper West Side. Created in partnership by Jason Jacobeit, wine director of the Michelin-starred New York restaurant Bâtard, and Daniel Jung, head sommelier at Wine Spectator Grand Award restaurant Tribeca Grill, Somm Cellars Wine & Spirits will add to the hospitality landscape at Waterline Sq., which includes one of the world’s first large-format culinary experiences by Cipriani and the first Uptown location of Mexican restaurant Empellón.
“We are committed to the future of Waterline Sq. and to providing a well-rounded lifestyle for our residents and the neighborhood at large,” said James Linsley, president of GID Development Group. “With the addition of Somm Cellars Wine & Spirits to Waterline Sq., we continue our goal of creating an unprecedented, comprehensive hospitality offering for our community.”
Spanning 1,300 s/f and located on the ground floor of One Waterline Sq., Somm Cellars Wine & Spirits will offer a curated selection of wine and spirits varying in price and region, with a particular focus on the founders’ favorite—Burgundy—as well as a bar to host tastings and conversation with patrons. The store will blend white-glove service with Jacobeit and Jung’s best-in-class hospitality backgrounds to offer a sophisticated guest experience. Residents of Waterline Sq. will receive special benefits, including customized seminars and classes, expert consultations and on-demand wine delivery to the development’s residences and amenity spaces. Though Somm Cellars Wine & Spirits is set to officially open this fall, Jacobeit and Jung are already lending their vast expertise to Waterline Sq., working with the development’s in-house lifestyle director to offer wine-focused virtual experiences for residents.
“Community is the central tenet of our experience, and we knew Waterline Square was the perfect location for our first retail concept because of its vibrant community-oriented atmosphere,” said Somm Cellars Wine & Spirits co-owners Jacobeit and Jung. “We look forward to opening our doors later this year and becoming part of the Waterline Square lifestyle experience.”
Mitch Friedel, vice chairman of Newmark Knight Frank; Janey Steinmetz, managing director; and Ryan Tucker, associate, represented GID Development Group in the transaction.