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The Bowery Hotel Introduces New Executive Chef at Gemma

Italian born Chef pays homage to his upbringing by melding authentic Italian flavors with local ingredients

NEW YORK, NY. September 19, 2017 – The Bowery Hotel, a timeless New York destination located in the stylish and revitalized Bowery neighborhood, announced today that Chef Carlo Bigi will lead the culinary charge at Gemma, the hotel’s Italian Trattoria, as Executive Chef. A native of Turin, Italy, Chef Bigi plans to expand the menu with creative Northern Italian dishes and local, seasonal ingredients.

Bigi was inspired to become a chef at an early age after growing up in the kitchen of his family’s restaurant. He has held positions at multiple highly esteemed restaurants worldwide, including Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria, an upscale Mediterranean-Italian restaurant in New York City’s East Village; Casa Lever and Sant Ambroeus Restaurant on Madison Avenue; and a number of Michelin-starred restaurants in Italy and France. As Executive Chef of Gemma, Bigi will be responsible for overseeing the concept and design of the menu, hiring and overseeing restaurant staff, managing all on-site catering for private events booked on the Bowery Terrace and in Gemma’s Wine Room, and ensuring that performance in the restaurant is consistent with The Bowery Hotel’s dedication to first-rate service.

Since its 2007 opening, the restaurant has become one of the most popular outdoor dining spots in New York, where guests can enjoy delicious Italian fare at casually chic tables spanning the sidewalk in a southern Italian style. Inside, Gemma’s wood-beamed, candle-lit room showcases classic elements of Old New York to complement the rustic Italian dishes. Melted candelabras ordain the booths and in Gemma’s wine room, dozens of rare and acclaimed wine bottles line the wall. For pizza lovers, gourmet selections of shareable pies offer the finest, fresh ingredients. Along with a wide selection of red and white wines by glass or bottle, Gemma offers a selection of cocktails crafted by the hotel’s in-house mixology team.

“Carlo is the perfect addition to The Bowery Hotel family,” says Kirk Wilson, General Manager. “His diverse background and ability to draw upon his Northern Italian roots will create a genuine Italian dining experience at Gemma.”

Hotel guests can enter Gemma through a private lobby passageway, and the street entrance is located on the corner of Bowery and Third Street. Twenty-four hour in-room dining at The Bowery Hotel is catered by Gemma and includes favorites from the main menu, like Truffled Polenta Fries and the famous Bowery Burger.

Reservations are exclusively available for hotel guests, although Gemma is open to guests and non-guests alike. The restaurant is located in The Bowery Hotel at 335 Bowery at 3rd Street. Call 212-505-7300 for information or visit


The Bowery Hotel is a leader in the revitalization of the once-gritty Bowery neighborhood. Located on Bowery and 3rd Street, the iconic New York City hotel is home to a warm and welcoming lobby, complete with handpicked antique furnishings, complimentary newspapers, a cozy fireplace, and an outdoor patio. The hotel’s 135 guestrooms offer charming accommodations, including Queen or King beds, custom-made Bowery sheets, floor-to-ceiling windows, Turkish oushak rugs, and Le Labo toiletries. ​Amenities include complimentary fast wifi, fitness room, bicycles, iPads, and laptops. Adjacent to The Bowery is Gemma, serving rustic Italian fare by Chef Carlo Bigi. Guests can also enjoy light bites and cocktails in the lobby, in addition to room service, from Gemma. Hoteliers Sean MacPherson and Eric Goode own and designed the 14-story property. For more information, visit or call 212-505-9100.

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