“We came into 2020 with our first Michelin star and a glowing New York Times review, and two months later we were selling root beer floats and burgers out of our front window,” says Justin Chearno, The Four Horsemen’s wine director and co-owner.
Within 24 hours of New York City’s first shutdown, the restaurant launched a Shopify site with rare wines from the cellar and a selection of pantry items from local purveyors. Soon it added a wine club, merchandise, more items from friends and neighbors, as well as launching fundraisers for employees and local community groups. With the return of indoor dining is a commitment to Chef Nick Curtola’s inventive food and the country’s largest natural wine selection.
“In the end we aren’t a ‘pét-nat to go in a paper cup’ kind of place,” says Chearno. “What we really love doing is elevated food, excellent service and working with a large cellar of wines that excite us, and we’re more committed than ever to getting even better while trying to make our restaurant culture more inclusive and positive.”