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"Rack 'em up!" and "Bon appetit!" now coexist in the city's most unique venue, Slate (54 West 21st Street; (212) 989-0096). Named after the ultra-smooth stone beneath the green felt on a pool table, Slate, formerly Chelsea Bar & Billiards and New York's most upscale billiard hall, is the creation of owner Telly Hatzigeorgiou. Now it houses an elegant restaurant serving Executive Chef Aaron Bashy's Contemporary Middle Eastern Grill menu.
In 1999, Hatzigeorgiou acquired Chelsea Bar & Billiards, ordered a $1.5 million renovation by architect Jeanne Giordano who worked on the renovation of Grand Central Terminal, and created a striking billiard hall where die-hard pool sharks are as comfortable as sophisticated New York scene makers. Slate features two levels with 34 pool tables by the world-class manufacturers, Kim Steel and Brunswick who have engineered them to be ultra stable and durable.
The interior features a color palette of fiery reds and cool grays accented with chrome and the requisite black. From the high-tech sound system, the DJ wafts a variety of tunes throughout the space, gently during dinner time, increasing in volume as the hour gets later. A 100 seat bar snakes its way along the edge of the billiard hall, its glass top undulating with a swirl of changing colors. The 60 seat dining room overlooks the billiard area, adding just enough of a "spectator sport" element to the eating ritual, yet is set off far enough away to create a peaceful oasis for diners.
Finally New Yorkers have an elegant, sophisticated, destination with "one-stop" amenities for eating, playing and socializing. At slate, the cool game of billiards enjoys an exotic twist when combined with the heat of Contemporary Middle Eastern Grill cuisine in an altogether extraordinary venue.