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 (six years ago) link

Florent

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

The Kiev

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

Lucky Strike

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

La Jumelle

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

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

Rio Mar

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

Yaffa Cafe

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

Still there:
Veselka

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

The Bagel, 170 W 4th (Jones Street)

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

Caffe Carciofo, 248 Court Street (Boerum Hill)

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

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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

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

Did it reopen? Around the corner?

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

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

(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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

or are we specifically talking about places no longer in existence

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

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

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 (six years ago) link

Was wondering what that was coming.

Ferryboat Bill Jr. (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 9 February 2022 22:00 (nine months ago) link

I waited a while for someone else to go first. But it had to be done.

Josefa, Wednesday, 9 February 2022 22:08 (nine months ago) link

Because you had to be a …

Ferryboat Bill Jr. (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 10 February 2022 21:53 (nine months ago) link

Not old and not weird but still going to mark the passing of Fika a few years ago: https://ny.eater.com/2019/9/24/20882251/fika-closed-nyc

Solaris Ocean Blue (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 17 February 2022 15:35 (nine months ago) link

The fika on desbrosses st downtown was super chill. Rips

calstars, Thursday, 17 February 2022 16:42 (nine months ago) link

Yes, that was the one I always went to.

Solaris Ocean Blue (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 17 February 2022 17:06 (nine months ago) link

Nice area to walk around in and I loved those big windows on the corner to look out.

Solaris Ocean Blue (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 17 February 2022 17:22 (nine months ago) link

one month passes...

RIP Angel’s Share and it’s adjacent restaurant, Village Yokocho:
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/08/nyregion/tony-yoshida-japan-village-angels-share.html

Helly Watch the R’s (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 10 April 2022 14:58 (seven months ago) link

aargh, its.

Helly Watch the R’s (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 10 April 2022 15:02 (seven months ago) link

Sunrise Mart too.

Helly Watch the R’s (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 10 April 2022 15:11 (seven months ago) link

I wonder if people are feeling nostalgia for the time when nyc was dotted with bustling neo-speakeasies. Perhaps what we need now is a neo revival of those. Dress the mixologists up in fashions of the aughts.

Josefa, Sunday, 10 April 2022 15:12 (seven months ago) link

Just saw something about a new one. Think it is the one in the first picture here: https://www.timeout.com/newyork/bars/the-best-speakeasies-in-nyc

Helly Watch the R’s (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 10 April 2022 15:17 (seven months ago) link

We got to-go cocktails now so…

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Sunday, 10 April 2022 15:26 (seven months ago) link

Is Decible bar still around, down the street from there? Has kind of a speakeasy vibe

calstars, Sunday, 10 April 2022 15:27 (seven months ago) link

Seems Sake Bar Decibel is still in business. This article is really good: https://punchdrink.com/articles/quiet-defiance-of-decibel-sake-bar-nyc/

Helly Watch the R’s (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 10 April 2022 15:37 (seven months ago) link

Then I saw another article in there about the original Terroir in the East Village. I only ever have gone to Terroir Tribeca on Harrison Street.

Helly Watch the R’s (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 10 April 2022 15:42 (seven months ago) link

Damn so many tipsy meals with friends and loves at Village Yokocho and Angels Share. RIP

SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Sunday, 10 April 2022 18:27 (seven months ago) link

I didn't go that often but figured somebody here must have.

Helly Watch the R’s (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 10 April 2022 18:31 (seven months ago) link

oh my god i haven't even thought about decibel in a decade. i have to go back

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Sunday, 10 April 2022 18:44 (seven months ago) link

Did you ever go there when it was Candy B1?

Helly Watch the R’s (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 10 April 2022 18:45 (seven months ago) link

i remember liking decibel.

RIP Angel’s Share but really it’s the kind of place too perfect to exist for this long. I’d even be afraid to go back, for fear it wouldn’t live up to my memory of it. a japanese bartender in a waistcoat quietly muddling a cocktail with a long-handled spoon, snow falling outside the window, and the candle on your table lighting up your face from below as the large block of ice in your whiskey settles a little deeper into the glass.

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 12 April 2022 04:01 (seven months ago) link

Are you James Salter, Tracer Hand?

Anita Quatloos (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 12 April 2022 10:29 (seven months ago) link

j/k of course

Anita Quatloos (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 12 April 2022 10:31 (seven months ago) link

Somehow I missed ever going to angels share. Sounds like a very cool place!

calstars, Tuesday, 12 April 2022 11:52 (seven months ago) link

It was kind of a place to go for a while there.

Anita Quatloos (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 12 April 2022 12:21 (seven months ago) link

"I believe I may have seen one ilxor with a screenname that is NSFW to Google play there with his band once."

James Redd, this post from six years ago appears to refer to me, and I think you are referencing my band's second residency at the Continental, occurring after our four year run at Arlene Grocery. If you know my name IRL and use suckass FB, please make yourself known to me as such!

and no one has mentioned Ole Devil Moon on 12th St!

veronica moser, Tuesday, 12 April 2022 13:33 (seven months ago) link

johnny cakes

dan selzer, Tuesday, 12 April 2022 14:15 (seven months ago) link

xpost loved their breakfasts

SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Tuesday, 12 April 2022 14:43 (seven months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Seems like even though the East Village Sunrise Mart is kaput, there are still three other open locations. Walked by the midtown one the other day on the way to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL).

Eric B. Mash Up the Resident (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 27 April 2022 15:17 (six months ago) link

El Quijote at the Hotel Chelsea has reopened, but with a vastly different, much smaller menu. No lobster!

Josefa, Wednesday, 27 April 2022 21:22 (six months ago) link

huh

have you been? does it seem like it's the same place apart from that? tbf the menu before was biblical in size

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 27 April 2022 22:36 (six months ago) link

Have not been, but evidently the two dining rooms that used to be in the rear - the Cervantes Room and the Dulcinea Room - are no longer part of the restaurant. So it’s been reduced to the front area where the booths are, plus the bar. They’re now giving the menu a bit of Basque flavor, and it seems as if the dishes are smaller.

Josefa, Wednesday, 27 April 2022 22:43 (six months ago) link

Wait I just read a NY Times review that says they do have lobster, but in a different preparation (I didn’t see that on their online menu). The linoleum checkerboard floor is gone but not sure what the new floor is. It’s a favorable review that is rather critical of the old, weird incarnation.

Josefa, Wednesday, 27 April 2022 23:10 (six months ago) link

one month passes...

Good news! I hope they find somewhere permanent.

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 2 June 2022 12:41 (five months ago) link

Not a restaurant, but I was pleased to find that the bathrooms in Tompkins are still as disgusting as when I was a teen, and that people are still naked and smoking crack in them, too. I thought that kind of thing had died, but no! Bless New York City’s indomitable spirit

we need outrage! we need dicks!! (the table is the table), Thursday, 2 June 2022 15:57 (five months ago) link

I ate at the new El Quijote, which was good, but it’s good in the way that many wannabe-authentic Spanish restaurants across the city are good. There are a bunch of places like this but there was only one classic El Quijote. I do approve of some of the renovations they’ve done, such as stripping the old drop ceiling back to the original 19th Century ceiling… it looks its age but it’s cool. Supposedly the floor tiles are original as well. There’s a review of the place in the latest New Yorker where I feel the reviewer pulled her punches a little but the telling part was mentioning that their sangria now only comes by the pitcher at the price of $54, which no modern day Patti Smith or Robert Mapplethorpe could possibly afford.

Josefa, Saturday, 4 June 2022 21:49 (five months ago) link

two months pass...

Here's one I haven't been able to confirm via Google… it was an Italian joint in the Noho area, somewhere around Houston & Thompson or LaGuardia, and I think it was called Boccaccio. The owner was an ex-Italian paparazzo, a very personable guy, who had the restaurant decorated with tons of photos of old Italian film stars that he may have taken himself. The place must have gone out of business by 2000, couldn't have been much later than that.

― Josefa, Monday, July 4, 2016 3:57 AM (six years ago)

Mystery solved!

It was Il Bocconcino, in business from 1980 to 2002 at the corner of Sullivan and Houston. The owner-chef was Gilberto Petrucci, who was indeed one of the young paparazzi in 1950s Rome that inspired Fellini to make La Dolce Vita. That means Petrucci was a paparazzo before the word was even invented! After Il Bocconcino closed Petrucci turned his focus to Harlem, where he opened a new restaurant with the same recipes called Gran Piatto d'Oro, which operated for a number of years but seems to have closed around 2017.

Josefa, Tuesday, 9 August 2022 05:09 (three months ago) link

Good work!

My Little Red Buchla (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 9 August 2022 17:40 (three months ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/33933VR.jpg

😟😟😟

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 17 August 2022 22:54 (three months ago) link

Frank’s closed right at the beginning of the pandemic, for unrelated reasons. Great bar, don’t know what else compares to it in that neighborhood.

Josefa, Thursday, 18 August 2022 02:02 (three months ago) link

bar-wise there were a few.. The Alibi.. things of that nature. downstairs it could get a little “heavy” with rough dudes

but nothing ever topped the vibe of the dance parties they threw upstairs
every weekend. they called it Bang The Party after the famous house song. 5 bucks on the door, a conga player in the corner, great slippery wooden dancefloor, E-Man (i think his name was Eric?). a friend of mine from Scotland came to visit me one time for New Year’s Eve, i introduced him to E-Man, they hit it off, and E-Man promised him he could play for New Year’s Eve. which he did. played Kenny Dope records among other things, raised the roof. just one of many, many good memories of that place. i think they tried recreating it in Manhattan for a couple of months but it didn’t really take. later i heard that some of the regulars were Paradise Garage refugees? no idea if this was true.

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 18 August 2022 08:25 (three months ago) link

I think Bang the Party actually started in Manhattan at a club called Baktun and for a while would alternate between the two locations. I went to Frank’s for it a bunch of times and saw it grow. In the beginning the party was upstairs and the 5dollars was just upstairs and nothing was going on downstairs so that was like a chill out room. Eventually a dj started playing down there, an older black man who used a red telephone as his headphones and played more like club classics and soul I think. I don’t remember. Eventually there was a hip hop dj downstairs, house music still upstairs and both levels would get packed so they moved the cover to the front door instead of just upstairs. There was a great backyard for chilling out though.

I lived not so far away on Court st between Kane and Baltic. And would be able to walk home. Def some good memories of Franks. I think even after Bang the Party stopped they still had club DJ’s up there.

dan selzer, Thursday, 18 August 2022 11:25 (three months ago) link

Moe’s was a long-standing bar a few blocks away.

There was a Cambodian restaurant in the space that’s now bbq I think. Not many Cambodian places in the city. I remember their menu had a list of things you could order that didn’t take long in case you were in a rush to go to BAM

dan selzer, Thursday, 18 August 2022 11:27 (three months ago) link

an older black man who used a red telephone as his headphones and played more like club classics and soul I think

I remember this! When Frankie Crocker died this guy dedicated the entire night to him, playing his songs and songs he made famous

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 18 August 2022 11:31 (three months ago) link

that cambodian place was great. The last time I was in Ft Greene it had become an upscale brunch place. Sad!

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 18 August 2022 11:31 (three months ago) link

three months pass...

Missed this one, Burger Heaven.
https://ny.eater.com/2020/2/25/21152684/burger-heaven-closing

Meet Me in the Z'Ha'Dum (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 24 November 2022 11:33 (two days ago) link

The last one that existed has become a Smash Burger. It was located across the street from the deli that inspired this thread The Flashy Crawl on Biryani Carts, Convenience Stores, etc.

Meet Me in the Z'Ha'Dum (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 24 November 2022 13:10 (two days ago) link

I used to go to one, on Madison I think, I liked it.

dan selzer, Thursday, 24 November 2022 13:41 (two days ago) link


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