This lower Manhattan Restaurant & Bar is set up in an old bank vault that rests beneath a skyscraper that hides even more historic splendor.
The vault at the Trinity Place bar and restaurant was originally commissioned by Andrew Carnegie and the New York Realty Bank. Built by the Mosler Safe Company in upstate Hudson, New York, the vault was so large and heavy it was sailed down the Hudson river and then transported on purpose built railway tracks from Battery Park to its home at 115 Broadway, where is still rests on the tracks today.
The vault is unusual and unique as it has an entrance at either end, with each door weighing in at 35 tons.
Restored from its dusty condition in 2006, the vault is now home to a contemporary, elegant Restaurant & Bar “Trinity Place” befitting its distinguished surroundings. The front dining area invites guests to a 40 foot mahogany bar anchored between the original five inch steel walls which have been left exposed so visitors enjoying a great bar menu (full menu also served at the bar) sipping signature cocktails, sampling some of our craft beers or enjoying our fine wine selection can have a sense of how secure and “Safe” the old vault was.
The dining room, crowned with the original Brass Chandelier, was once the private meeting room for the banks executive board members and is available for all events. It is equipped with it’s own full service bar and is a perfect place to give a rich and elegant feel to corporate functions, private parties, rehearsal dinners and wedding receptions in the famous/infamous Wall street area.
Whilst the hidden bar is undoubtedly dignified, the building, which was built around it is even more so. 115 Broadway was designed by Francis Kimball as the US Realty building along with its sister building next door at 111, the Trinity building. New York’s original twin towers, the two matching buildings were unusual for skyscrapers of the time, in that they were designed in a strong gothic style. The two narrow and long buildings are lavishly decorated with gargoyles, buttresses, pinnacles, turrets, dragons, and eagles. Closely built next to each other, with a steel footbridge connecting the two, permission was given by the city to actually move the adjoining Thames Street 28 feet to the north, to allow the two buildings to nestle side by side. Walking into the near identical lobbies, the coats of arms, ribbed ceilings, stained glass, and monk’s heads would leave you thinking that you had wandered into a medieval English cathedral. The New York Times in 1907 called the two buildings towering over lower Broadway, “twin examples of Gothic splendor.”
The 20th floor was even once home to the old Lawyers Club, a society so extravagant that it kept a private herd of 50 cows in New Jersey to provide its members with their own supply of fresh butter.
“Although today we do not have our own farm in New Jersey, we do pride ourselves in choosing only the freshest ingredients and local produce and purveyors to create a wonderful dining experience.”
Whether you’re on your own or with a group, you’ll be made to feel at home with our gracious, friendly service.
We look forward to seeing YOU.