Patina Restaurant Group to Open STATE Grill and Bar at Empire State Building

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Modern Art Deco Restaurant to Open October 2014 as Part of the Iconic International Landmark

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Left to right: Nick Valenti, restaurateur and CEO of Patina Restaurant Group; Executive Chef Octavio Becerra; and Anthony E. Malkin, Empire State Realty Trust Chairman, President and CEO

“STATE offers a menu that supports New York State and City purveyors and local businesses," says Nick Valenti, restaurateur and CEO of Patina Restaurant Group.

Patina Restaurant Group (PRG) announces the opening of STATE Grill and Bar, a new, upscale dining destination at the Empire State Building (ESB). Opening today, the restaurant is the latest component of the World’s Most Famous Office Building’s transformation to New York City’s greatest Urban Campus environment. STATE Grill and Bar’s main entrances are located on the building’s 33rd Street lobby level and the north side of 33rd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.

“We are thrilled to open STATE Grill and Bar as part of the developing neighborhood of Midtown Manhattan and bring a sophisticated dining experience to the area,” says Nick Valenti, restaurateur and CEO of Patina Restaurant Group. “STATE offers a menu that supports New York State and City purveyors and local businesses, as well as provides special event and private dining space for groups. Through our collaborative efforts with the Empire State Building, we have really created something so unique and so special, it could only happen at the World’s Most Famous Office Building.”

Award-winning Executive Chef Octavio Becerra is the distinctive force behind STATE Grill and Bar, bringing his culinary excellence and inspiration to this signature restaurant. With an emphasis on sourcing New York State products, the restaurant will present Chef Becerra regularly changing breakfast, lunch and dinner menus that reflect a sophisticated rusticity and support local farmers, brewers, winemakers, producers and purveyors.

As a former New Yorker, Chef Becerra returns to the Empire State after spearheading the opening of Acabàr restaurant / lounge / bar in Los Angeles which opened to critical acclaim in July 2013. He incorporates bold flavors into STATE’s menu that are rooted in American cuisine and have a thoughtful approach to his cuisine. Prior to his time in Los Angeles, Chef Becerra had a long tenure with Patina Restaurant Group, where he previously served as Senior Vice President, Chef and Co-Founder of The Patina Group, supervising the daily operations of 14 of the then 31 Patina Group restaurants. With a number of awards and esteemed accolades from the critics, Becerra was nominated by The James Beard Foundation as “Rising Star Chef of the Year” in 1994, one of the nation’s “50 New Taste Makers” by Nation’s Restaurant News and more.

STATE’s elegant bar with a beverage program is also curated by award-winning sommelier and mixologist Aaron von Rock. Chef Becerra works together with von Rock to complement the menus with his carefully selected beverage program.

Designed by the celebrated architect Richard Bloch, STATE Grill and Bar pays homage to ESB’s rich history and 1930s Art Deco design with each finish thoughtfully sourced. The main 2,800 square-foot, street-level space features a central bar and lounge nestled between a 95-seat dining room and sleek open kitchen with efforts taken to include the kitchen within the dining experience.

In addition, there is a 6,400 square-foot downstairs space that can accommodate up to 60 seated guests or 80 standing, reached via private elevator, featuring three versatile private event spaces separated by custom-built, sound-proof, power lift partitions. The restaurant’s private dining rooms can be accessed through the restaurant and bar or through ESB’s new concourse level lobby, which also hosts the building’s new 15,000 square-foot tenants-only fitness center, and management offices.

“STATE Grill and Bar adds the fine-dining establishment to the Empire State Building which has been missing since the building’s completion. Its menu is designed to be varied, healthy and good to eat every day, and continues our master plan to make the Empire State Building the highest quality, best located Urban Campus in New York City for our tenants, their visitors, and our community,” says Anthony E. Malkin, Empire State Realty Trust Chairman, President and CEO.

STATE Grill and Bar is owned by Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (ESRT) and operated by PRG.

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About Patina Restaurant Group
Patina Restaurant Group ( is a bicoastal boutique company and leader in the premium segment of the restaurant industry. In New York, its portfolio features the Michelin-starred Lincoln Ristorante, Stella 34 Trattoria at Macy’s Herald Square, The Sea Grill at Rockefeller Center, Brasserie, Brasserie 8 1/2, The Grand Tier Restaurant at the Metropolitan Opera, La Fonda Del Sol at Grand Central, and The Rink at Rockefeller Center. Other East Coast properties include Tutto Italia Ristorante and Via Napoli at the Epcot World Showcase in Orlando, FL.

On the West Coast its portfolio includes the renowned Los Angeles Times’ four-starred and Michelin-starred Patina Restaurant in Walt Disney Concert Hall, Café Pinot, Ray’s & Stark Bar, Catal and Naples in Anaheim’s Downtown Disney District®, Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge, Pinot Brasserie in Las Vegas, and catering and food service in museums and cultural centers throughout California.

About the Empire State Building
Soaring 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan (from base to antenna), the Empire State Building, owned by Empire State Realty Trust, Inc., is the “World’s Most Famous Office Building.” With new investments in energy efficiency, infrastructure, public areas and amenities, the Empire State Building has attracted first-rate tenants in a diverse array of industries from around the world. The skyscraper’s robust broadcasting technology supports all major television and FM radio stations in the New York metropolitan market. The Empire State Building was named America’s favorite building in a poll conducted by the American Institute of Architects, and the Empire State Building Observatory is one of the world’s most beloved attractions as the region’s #1 tourist destination. For more information on the Empire State Building, please visit,, @EmpireStateBldg,, or

About Empire State Realty Trust
Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: ESRT), a leading real estate investment trust (REIT), owns, manages, operates, acquires and repositions office and retail properties in Manhattan and the greater New York metropolitan area, including the Empire State Building, the world’s most famous office building. Headquartered in New York, New York, the Company’s office and retail portfolio covers 10.0 million rentable square feet, as of July 15, 2014, consisting of 9.3 million rentable square feet in 14 office properties, including nine in Manhattan, three in Fairfield County, Connecticut and two in Westchester County, New York; and approximately 732,000 rentable square feet in the retail portfolio. The Company also owns land at the Stamford, Connecticut Transportation Center that supports the development of an approximately 380,000 rentable square foot office building and garage.

Forward Looking Statement
This press release includes “forward looking statements”. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of words such as “believes,” “expects,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “seeks,” “approximately,” “intends,” “plans,” “pro forma,” “estimates,” “contemplates,” “aims,” “continues,” “would” or “anticipates” or the negative of these words and phrases or similar words or phrases. The following factors, among others, could cause actual results and future events to differ materially from those set forth or contemplated in the forward-looking statements: the factors included in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, including those set forth under the headings "Risk Factors," "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations," "Business,” and “Properties." While forward-looking statements reflect the Company's good faith beliefs, they are not guarantees of future performance. The Company disclaims any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect changes in underlying assumptions or factors, or new information, data or methods, future events or other changes after the date of this press release, except as required by applicable law. For a further discussion of these and other factors that could impact the Company's future results, performance or transactions, see the section entitled “Risk Factors” in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, and other risks described in documents subsequently filed by the Company from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Prospective investors should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which are based only on information currently available to the Company (or to third parties making the forward-looking statements).

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