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Combo Farm-To-Table Eatery and Furniture Shop Opening in Chelsea Market

By Maya Rajamani | September 14, 2017 9:52am
 Inside Mark Zeff's BLACKBARN Shop in DUMBO.
Inside Mark Zeff's BLACKBARN Shop in DUMBO.
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Courtesy of BLACKBARN Shop

CHELSEA — Care for a couch with your curried cauliflower?

A chef who helmed the kitchen at the Waldorf-Astoria for more than two decades is bringing a one-stop shop for furniture and farm-to-table food to the Chelsea Market.

John Doherty, who opened Flatiron eatery Black Barn two years ago, plans to open a combination restaurant and home goods store called Black Barn Shop, Cafe and Bar inside the food hall on Ninth Avenue, he told DNAinfo New York.

The market approached both the chef and designer Mark Zeff — who co-created DUMBO-based home interior store BLACKBARN Shop — and asked the pair to bring their concepts together under one roof, Doherty explained.

Black Barn restaurant in the Flatiron District. (Credit: Facebook: Black Barn)

“The idea is to create an experience — bringing the home goods to life by serving food on [them], and serving cocktails from [BLACKBARN Shop] glassware,” he said. “Everything that you see, and enjoy, you can buy as well.”

Doherty, who named his Flatiron restaurant after Zeff’s home in the Hamptons and recruited him to design the eatery, had hoped to open a restaurant with the designer downtown several years ago, but the project fell through, he said.

Their new Chelsea Market concept will have the same “farm-like, very rustic” feel as both Black Barn and BLACKBARN Shop, he noted.

The menu will be similar to the one at Doherty’s existing farm-to-table restaurant, which includes items like an IPA-braised Cheshire pork shank, truffle parmesan gnocchi, curried cauliflower steak and wild mushroom toast.


Clockwise from top left: curried cauliflower steak, fig pizza, mushroom toast and a charcuterie board. (Courtesy of Black Barn) 

The furniture portion of the Chelsea Market space will be “separate [from the eatery], but not divided by a door or anything,” Doherty explained.

Patrons will be able to sip drinks while browsing furniture, Doherty’s attorney told Community Board 4 Tuesday evening.

The venture is expected to open this fall, Doherty said.