Redd's Roster of Restaurants of the Old Weird New York

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Tarzan v. BMI (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 3 July 2016 22:36 (two years ago) Permalink

Florent

Tarzan v. BMI (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 3 July 2016 22:36 (two years ago) Permalink

The Kiev

Tarzan v. BMI (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 3 July 2016 22:36 (two years ago) Permalink

Lucky Strike

Tarzan v. BMI (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 3 July 2016 22:37 (two years ago) Permalink

La Jumelle

Tarzan v. BMI (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 3 July 2016 22:37 (two years ago) Permalink

Cafe Colonial

(There seems to be a new place with this name but it is not Brazilian)

Tarzan v. BMI (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 3 July 2016 22:40 (two years ago) Permalink

Lucky Strike

This is actually still there, although I haven't been in years, same as
Cafe Gitane

Tarzan v. BMI (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 3 July 2016 22:44 (two years ago) Permalink

Rio Mar

Tarzan v. BMI (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 3 July 2016 22:48 (two years ago) Permalink

Yaffa Cafe

Tarzan v. BMI (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 3 July 2016 22:51 (two years ago) Permalink

Still there:
Veselka

Tarzan v. BMI (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 3 July 2016 22:51 (two years ago) Permalink

The Bagel, 170 W 4th (Jones Street)

Tarzan v. BMI (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 3 July 2016 23:03 (two years ago) Permalink

Caffe Carciofo, 248 Court Street (Boerum Hill)

Tarzan v. BMI (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 3 July 2016 23:17 (two years ago) Permalink

Brasserie Les Halles, 411 Park Ave S. (Gramercy/Flatiron)

Still a downtown location open though

Tarzan v. BMI (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 3 July 2016 23:34 (two years ago) Permalink

This one is very long gone, probably only lasted a few years, but James Redd spent a lot of time there back in the day so

Bernard Organic French Cuisine, 145 Avenue C (seems to me he floated another name for a while "Du Marche")
http://www.nytimes.com/1988/12/09/arts/diner-s-journal.html

Tarzan v. BMI (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 4 July 2016 00:08 (two years ago) Permalink

I miss Florent most of all. To serve drunk people awesome boudin noir at 3 in the morning was a great service to humanity.

Kiev was the first place I ever ate at in NYC. Allen Ginsberg was eating at the table next to me.

Others that come to mind right now:

Café Bruxelles

Cookies and Couscous (tiny place on Thompson St.)

Flea Market Café

Chez Brigitte

Mexicana Mama

Max & Moritz (Brooklyn)

Bamiyan

Josefa, Monday, 4 July 2016 00:48 (two years ago) Permalink

Miss Florent a lot too. Loved the location, walking all the way down Gansevoort Street, loved the genuinely French aura of nonchalant glamour combined with good food and reliable service.

Tarzan v. BMI (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 4 July 2016 01:02 (two years ago) Permalink

Another one I miss a lot, Roetelle A.G., 126 East 7th Street (East Village, obv) mostly Swiss, but with German, Italian and French thrown in as well- didn't they have little country shapes on the map to indicate which cuisine it came from. Loved the spätzle and the sauerbraten. Looks like she a few years ago she opened a place called Heartbreak on Second Avenue that didn't fare too well.

Tarzan v. BMI (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 4 July 2016 01:13 (two years ago) Permalink

Mekong, 18 King Street (Soho), Reliably delicious and fun Vietnamese place. Just closed this April.

http://www.grubstreet.com/2016/04/mekong-soho-nyc-closing.html

Tarzan v. BMI (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 4 July 2016 01:29 (two years ago) Permalink

Ah, yes, original location was 44 Prince Street (Little Italy, Nolita). Doubt I ever went to the King Street location. Eric Asimov review here:
http://events.nytimes.com/mem/nycreview.html?res=9B0CE2DD153FF931A3575BC0A960958260

Tarzan v. BMI (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 4 July 2016 01:34 (two years ago) Permalink

Grano Trattoria, 21 Greenwich Ave (West Village). Specialized in game, but fine for other stuff as well. Closed last April (2015).

Tarzan v. BMI (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 4 July 2016 01:42 (two years ago) Permalink

Empire Diner, 210 W 22nd Street (Chelsea). Classic Art Deco decor, one could imagine it was built simultaneously with the Empire State Building. Seems to have closed for the last time last year- OR DID IT? Wikipedia page has mixed tenses and webpage is still running: http://empire-diner.com/

http://ny.eater.com/2015/12/14/10070660/nyc-empire-diner-closed

Tarzan v. BMI (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 4 July 2016 01:50 (two years ago) Permalink

The Bagel, 170 W 4th (Jones Street)

― Tarzan v. BMI (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, July 3, 2016 11:03 PM (Yesterday)


This is gone (although it is nice to know Mimi Sheraton liked to eat there but a much greasier greasy spoon is apparently still going,

La Bonbonniere, 28 8th Avenue between Jane & 12th (West Village)
http://vanishingnewyork.blogspot.com/2009/10/la-bonbonniere.html

Tarzan v. BMI (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 4 July 2016 01:55 (two years ago) Permalink

The Moondance Diner, 80 6th Avenue, between Grand and Canal (South Village), which you may have seen in movies and television although not, apparently, in Afterhours, according to Alex in NYC

Apparently the whole structure was moved to Wyoming in 2007 and the diner was reopened in 2008 only to fail again.

Tarzan v. BMI (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 4 July 2016 02:02 (two years ago) Permalink

I made it to the last Sat night at the Empire, last October.

Ate at the Bagel a few times.

The Hat (El Sombrero) on the LES

helpless before THRILLARY (Dr Morbius), Monday, 4 July 2016 02:05 (two years ago) Permalink

Still there, used to be reasonably reliable, haven't set foot in for years:

French Roast, 78 West 11 (West Village)

Bizarre novelty place we used to go to a few decades ago
The Royal Canadian Pancake House (Multiple locations, original one was in Tribeca, near Wetlands, can't find addres). The RCHP (not to be confused with the RHCP) served outrageously oversized pancakes and omelettes that nobody could finish. Went belly up in 1998

Tarzan v. BMI (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 4 July 2016 02:10 (two years ago) Permalink

Ah, yes The Hat (El Sombrero). Good call!

Tarzan v. BMI (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 4 July 2016 02:10 (two years ago) Permalink

Did it reopen? Around the corner?

Tarzan v. BMI (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 4 July 2016 02:13 (two years ago) Permalink

Went to Moondance all the time during high school / college years. They used to put cinnamon in their coffee. Also The dude who wrote Rent used to work there.

Favorite all time place was Jones Diner on Lafayette and great jones. Old Greek standalone place, booths on one side, counter on the other, sign for "HOT CHILLY $2.95" written on a paper plate above the grill, owner taking your order and yelling "gimme a cheese deluxe!" Now of course it's a parking lot or condos or whatever. Fuck Manhattan

calstars, Monday, 4 July 2016 02:22 (two years ago) Permalink

Another one I miss a lot, Roetelle A.G., 126 East 7th Street (East Village, obv) mostly Swiss, but with German, Italian and French thrown in as well- didn't they have little country shapes on the map to indicate which cuisine it came from. Loved the spätzle and the sauerbraten. Looks like she a few years ago she opened a place called Heartbreak on Second Avenue that didn't fare too well.

― Tarzan v. BMI (James Redd and the Blecchs

Definitely ate at Roetelle A.G. more than a couple of times, though I never would've recalled the name

Another place I loved was the German restaurant Silver Swan on E. 20th St.

Josefa, Monday, 4 July 2016 03:08 (two years ago) Permalink

The Silver Swan closed? Ugh. When? Looks like 2008. I used to go there with some friends who had a tradition of meeting there for the holidays a little before Christmas.

Tarzan v. BMI (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 4 July 2016 03:15 (two years ago) Permalink

It's extra sad because there's not even another restaurant like the Silver Swan, as far as I know.

NYC dining is really weird, because you might frequent a place at a certain point in time and then forget about it for ten years and then one day you think of it again and your'e surprised to hear it closed years ago. Or alternately, you're stunned to find out a place you used to frequent back in the day is still in business.

Josefa, Monday, 4 July 2016 03:24 (two years ago) Permalink

Yes, exactly. That is pretty much why I started this thread, since I had forgotten a lot since I hadn't been to many of these places in a decade or two and was trying to fight back a little to preserve the last shreds of remaining memory. Maybe the grass is greener, but whenever I have managed to get over to Paris, I usually find a good many places are still in the same place, still going strong as far as I can tell, perhaps with several familiar faces among the staff.

Tarzan v. BMI (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 4 July 2016 03:36 (two years ago) Permalink

Old time conveniently located West Village destination:

Jimmy Day's/ Boxer's, 190 W 4th, Corner Barrow, therefore lots of windows.

Seems to have recently been something called Oliver's City Tavern which is also closed.

Tarzan v. BMI (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 4 July 2016 03:46 (two years ago) Permalink

Place I can't really find any mention of- except in a long unedited list at http://www.marinersguide.com/regions/greatlakes/newyork.ny/restaurants.html

Butler's, 145 Fulton Street (Financial District)

Old school cafeteria steam table place, excellent for lunch. Used to get a roast beef hero w/ gravy and a side of cheese fries, iirc.

Tarzan v. BMI (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 4 July 2016 04:00 (two years ago) Permalink

I wonder why a lot of these places I miss are French. There was also L'Acajou, kind of a diner but one with great French food, on W. 19th St. where the tapas joint Boqueria is now. I remember the French lady who owned the place, she had a weird kind of tattoo where one of her ears was completely colored green.

Josefa, Monday, 4 July 2016 04:12 (two years ago) Permalink

Um, it's perhaps a cliche, but think French places really do have a lot of personality and ambience in addition to the culture of cuisine.

Speaking of which, trying to remember the small French cafe on Sullivan or Thompson maybe there were two branches, where you would go to get a classic cafe au lait and croque-monsieur. For all I know it is still there.

Tarzan v. BMI (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 4 July 2016 04:21 (two years ago) Permalink

if we can expand to bars that served food and little cafes

Cafe La Fortuna on 71st off Columbus
All State Cafe on 72nd near West End Ave
P & G on 73rd and Amsterdam

I miss the Upper West Side of the 70s and 80s i guess

I remember the Silver Swan, had an office party there that was a crazy drunken affair as all office parties should be

velko, Monday, 4 July 2016 04:24 (two years ago) Permalink

Please feel free to expand.

Can't find or remember croque-monsieur place yet.

Did come across this list which has a few of these places including one I never really went to but I have seen is closed recently

Mezzogiorno, 195 Spring Street at Sullivan (Soho)

Tarzan v. BMI (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 4 July 2016 04:26 (two years ago) Permalink

Kiev was the first place I ever ate at in NYC. Allen Ginsberg was eating at the table next to me

Good details! I need to add celebrity sightings when I post, if remembered.

Tarzan v. BMI (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 4 July 2016 04:28 (two years ago) Permalink

Such as

Still there, used to be reasonably reliable, haven't set foot in for years:

French Roast, 78 West 11 (West Village)


should have had
Celebrity sighting: Gina Gershon

Tarzan v. BMI (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 4 July 2016 04:29 (two years ago) Permalink

anyone remember "Top of the Sixes" at 666 5th Ave
I went there a couple of times in the early 90s when it was on its last legs, looked really tired and stale but still had that crazy view

i adored the Kiev

velko, Monday, 4 July 2016 04:36 (two years ago) Permalink

Or

'ino, 21 Bedford Street, near Downing (West Village)

TIny panini place, seems to have been -one of the? -first in NYC, conveniently located around the block from the Film Forum.

Celebrity sighting: Marisa Tomei.

Tarzan v. BMI (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 4 July 2016 04:36 (two years ago) Permalink

Kiev was the first place I ever ate at in NYC. Allen Ginsberg was eating at the table next to me

Good details! I need to add celebrity sightings when I post, if remembered

And of course, that being my first NYC meal, I thought, "this is what always happens in New York, you walk into a random diner and there's a famous person eating next to you." And then nothing like that happened to me again for years.

(But I have dined next to Steve Buscemi in Brooklyn, and Mary Harron - director of American Psycho - at Flea Market Café).

Josefa, Monday, 4 July 2016 04:38 (two years ago) Permalink

(that was xp)

Yes, of course Top of the Sixes was lots of fun, thanks for reminding, barely remember.

Also have dim memory of some little cafe, perhaps burgers a specialty nestled deep inside of a hotel or office building perhaps in the same vicinity.

Tarzan v. BMI (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 4 July 2016 04:38 (two years ago) Permalink

Is Cafe Reggio too iconic for this thread? I was there not too long ago.

socka flocka-jones (man alive), Monday, 4 July 2016 04:43 (two years ago) Permalink

Speaking of which, trying to remember the small French cafe on Sullivan or Thompson maybe there were two branches, where you would go to get a classic cafe au lait and croque-monsieur. For all I know it is still there

Country Café? I almost mentioned that one, it was on Thompson - that location is gone but there's a branch in the Financial District

Josefa, Monday, 4 July 2016 04:44 (two years ago) Permalink

or are we specifically talking about places no longer in existence

socka flocka-jones (man alive), Monday, 4 July 2016 04:44 (two years ago) Permalink

No not Country Cafe, it had a French name, had a wooden chair or chairs a la Van Gogh's NIght Cafe, I think, coffee served in authentic big white bowls.

Is Cafe Reggio too iconic for this thread? I was there not too long ago.

― socka flocka-jones (man alive), Monday, July 4, 2016 4:43 AM (38 seconds ago)


No, that's fine, doesn't have to be out of business. I think anything that was there or has been there since before 1990 is perfect and even sometime after that perhaps.

Still there:

Coffee Shop, 29 Union Square West
Celebrity sighting: David Lee Roth, sitting outside, people watching

Noho Star, 330 Lafayette Street
Celebrity sightings: Wallace Shawn (several times, a regular), Sheryl Crow, Maggie Cheung (outside, through the window, perhaps talking to Olivier Assayas, has seen the two of them some period of time before, perhaps a week or a month, at the Film Forum when they introduced Irma Vep)

Tarzan v. BMI (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 4 July 2016 04:47 (two years ago) Permalink

How's Bayou in Tribeca (Greenwich maybe?) was big in the 80s when Cajun was an actual thing, went there often in the late 80s.
Ludlow Street Cafe was more of a 90s thing for me

velko, Monday, 4 July 2016 04:48 (two years ago) Permalink

Mezzogiorno, 195 Spring Street at Sullivan (Soho)

This place was good, but really overpriced. For me it goes in the category of places I assumed were still open even though I haven't eaten there in ten years.

Josefa, Monday, 4 July 2016 04:49 (two years ago) Permalink

Not quite in the spirit of this thread but placed here for reference The Most Important Restaurants in Forty Years

The Professor of Hard Rain (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 23 July 2016 13:22 (two years ago) Permalink

Article about How Brooklyn Became Foodie Heaven. Cites Cucina as the pioneer, mentions Al Di La and Noodle Pudding.

The Professor of Hard Rain (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 24 July 2016 15:27 (two years ago) Permalink

Of course parallel to the blossoming of Fifth Ave. in Park Slope there was the Smith St. restaurant explosion (late '90s), which we've alluded to upthread - Patois being the pioneer. Here's a pessimistic take on Smith St. today:

http://www.bkmag.com/2016/03/22/the-rise-and-fall-of-smith-street/

Josefa, Sunday, 24 July 2016 17:09 (two years ago) Permalink

Thanks for that article, Josefa. Did a little Redd's Roster research tonight, not sure when I will be able to post the results.

The Professor of Hard Rain (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 27 July 2016 03:23 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Referred to some information on this thread this evening. Very handy, thanks everybody for your hard work. I think I had a few more crumbs to add but nothing major.

Planking Full Stop (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 31 August 2016 04:30 (two years ago) Permalink

three months pass...
two weeks pass...

Lanza's is apparently closed for good. Had a 114-year run.

And on the more fancy-pants tip, Da Silvano is out of business too after 41 years.

Josefa, Wednesday, 21 December 2016 20:50 (one year ago) Permalink

five months pass...

Missed this thread. When I lived in Cobble Hill Patois was the only "new" restaurant on Smith Street. Court St had Harvest which was the brunch spot. They turned it into Lobo for some reason which I remember being bad, which had a satellite on 5th ave that may still be there?

dan selzer, Tuesday, 13 June 2017 01:58 (one year ago) Permalink

Lansky Lounge took over the space that was Ratners, they had the big restaurant and the "speakeasy" with the entrance on Norfolk across from Tonic. I only went to Ratners once but that was great old Jewish NY.

dan selzer, Tuesday, 13 June 2017 01:59 (one year ago) Permalink

Lobo on 5th Ave. is history. Never quite saw the appeal of it.

Lansky Lounge was fun, I wonder where they went wrong because the concept seemed good

Josefa, Tuesday, 13 June 2017 03:21 (one year ago) Permalink

Lobo was always trash; Patois was good, Robin Des Bois was dry, Tabac is the true heir

ein Sexmonster (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Tuesday, 13 June 2017 05:05 (one year ago) Permalink

Is Sal's Pizza still on Court St? I lived a few doors down and would go there w/ a bunch of friends for special occasions. The waiters were surly and I couldn't believe the place wasn't better known as a classic pizza joint. Further down the street there was Lombardo's which I only went to once not long before it closed and it was fantastic. The gentrifiers didn't discover it in time because it closed and became a Dunkin Donuts I think.

dan selzer, Tuesday, 13 June 2017 05:08 (one year ago) Permalink

Sal's or Sam's?

ein Sexmonster (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Tuesday, 13 June 2017 13:08 (one year ago) Permalink

I don't remember, maybe it's Sam's? That sounds right. On Court near kane or baltic a block or two north of Cobble Hill Cinemas?

dan selzer, Tuesday, 13 June 2017 14:20 (one year ago) Permalink

That's Sam's, which is still in biz

Josefa, Tuesday, 13 June 2017 14:30 (one year ago) Permalink

...and awesome

ein Sexmonster (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Tuesday, 13 June 2017 15:21 (one year ago) Permalink

I used to get chicken parm heroes to go and you'd go into the back to pick up the order and they had this big Smith and Wesson poster.

dan selzer, Tuesday, 13 June 2017 15:25 (one year ago) Permalink

There is also a Sal's, which is on Court and Degraw.

Guidonian Handsworth Revolution (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 13 June 2017 22:29 (one year ago) Permalink

If I can go deep for a second, when I was a kid my mom would bring the family to a place called Betty Brown's Broadway Diner that is definitely in the top 10 memories of my childhood visiting the city. I remember it being HUGE and they served coffee in soup bowl sized coffee cups and I'd get sliders and french fries. I loved that place.

dan selzer, Tuesday, 20 June 2017 18:03 (one year ago) Permalink

I'm going to get an egg cream from gem spa next time i'm in the area

, Tuesday, 20 June 2017 18:17 (one year ago) Permalink

I'm at Ferdinano's as we speak

ein Sexmonster (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Tuesday, 20 June 2017 18:36 (one year ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

cup & Saucer closing

, Wednesday, 12 July 2017 20:23 (one year ago) Permalink

fwiw French Roast closing

https://vanishingnewyork.blogspot.com/2017/07/french-roast-downtown.html

Supercreditor (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 25 July 2017 19:43 (one year ago) Permalink

that's wild, i walk by there every single morning and it's always busy

adam, Tuesday, 25 July 2017 19:45 (one year ago) Permalink

Just ate at Gene's, just on the other side of 11th Street from French Roast, for the first time. It's been in business since 1919! And it was good.

Josefa, Wednesday, 26 July 2017 03:39 (one year ago) Permalink

Know that place. Have some friends that love it. When I walked by French Roast for the first time in ages a year ago was surprised it was still open.

But came to post about Great Jones Café.

Awaiting On U-Haul: Alfie's Best of Stig O'Hara (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 26 July 2017 13:39 (one year ago) Permalink

Hadn't been to Great Jones in >15 yrs, but still, that's an end of an era.

Gene's is good Italian (had Caesar, filet of sole francese, spaghetti on side) but I would go back just for the bar, which looks amazing with people sort of on top of each other like it's a little party. I like bars like that that are seemingly set up for cross-talk.

Josefa, Wednesday, 26 July 2017 14:32 (one year ago) Permalink

Come to think of it Gene's kind of reminds me of Dan Tana's in West Hollywood

Josefa, Wednesday, 26 July 2017 14:34 (one year ago) Permalink

Totally agree and have myself participated in such conversations whilst waiting for my party to arrive

Awaiting On U-Haul: Alfie's Best of Stig O'Hara (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 26 July 2017 15:07 (one year ago) Permalink

Great Jones Café not closing after all, reopening today at 5pm

Josefa, Wednesday, 2 August 2017 04:43 (one year ago) Permalink

wha? wow

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 2 August 2017 11:20 (one year ago) Permalink

This interview with the owner explains everything:

http://gothamist.com/2017/08/02/great_jones_cafe.php

Josefa, Wednesday, 2 August 2017 16:07 (one year ago) Permalink

The Riviera Cafe

Barkis Garvey (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 4 August 2017 00:12 (one year ago) Permalink

REALLY?

ein Sexmonster (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Friday, 4 August 2017 01:23 (one year ago) Permalink

Spike of Smalls, which, as you know, is across the street, posted a link on Facebook.

Barkis Garvey (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 4 August 2017 02:31 (one year ago) Permalink

I watched that insane Texas-Toronto inning in the 2015 playoffs there

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Friday, 4 August 2017 03:10 (one year ago) Permalink

Haven't gone in there in decades, but was always glad to pass by and see it was still a going concern.

Barkis Garvey (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 4 August 2017 03:18 (one year ago) Permalink

Shit i worked there for a bit more than a year! End of an era.

i believe that (s)he is sincere (forksclovetofu), Friday, 4 August 2017 03:48 (one year ago) Permalink

End of half a century

Barkis Garvey (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 4 August 2017 03:54 (one year ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...
one month passes...
three months pass...

All that talk of Aggie's reminded me of Augie's, where I somehow got served, age 19, two martinis straight up with an olive, and watched an amazing jazz trio play about two feet from me. It remains one of the most magical nights of music ever.

http://www.nytimes.com/1996/07/28/nyregion/neighborhood-report-upper-west-side-free-music-cheap-beer-couldn-t-keep-jazz.html

v pleased that apparently its spirit lives on in the same location:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smoke_(jazz_club)

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 10 February 2018 21:28 (eight months ago) Permalink

the "weird new york" cut-off should probably be the smoking ban

tho some folks would argue that by the time they might be giants had moved to williamsburg in the early 90s it was all over

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Monday, 12 February 2018 14:51 (eight months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Vaya con dios, El Quijote is closing down - to be redone or replaced by... something? All staff received notice.

This just seems like a stupid idea.

Josefa, Saturday, 17 March 2018 14:21 (seven months ago) Permalink

oh no :(

shortly after moving to nyc i ate a massive lobster dinner there with friends. in my memory it was just plate after plate of stuff. of course we were smoking cigarettes. the waiters all in little hotel vests. we never wanted to leave.

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 17 March 2018 14:24 (seven months ago) Permalink

And uniquely, every plate you order at El Quijote is bigger than you expect

Josefa, Saturday, 17 March 2018 14:31 (seven months ago) Permalink

i was at the bar there one time and needing to call someone (no mobile phones in these days) and rather than send me into the cold to look for a payphone they pulled a big chunky phone from under the bar and let me use it

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 17 March 2018 14:41 (seven months ago) Permalink

Their cash registers are probably from the '40s and the waiters are still in those vests

Josefa, Saturday, 17 March 2018 15:09 (seven months ago) Permalink


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