Anyone who has witnessed Community Board 3’s monthly liquor license hearings knows how contentious the marathon sessions can become. Ariel Palitz, the owner of Sutra Lounge on First Avenue and a member of CB3, is often at the center of these battles. Recently, following the publication of a story in the Daily News in which she was quoted saying the East Village is “ripe for the picking” by high-end nightlife operators, Palitz was also the focus of a spirited online debate.
Numerous commenters on EV Grieve and Gothamist expressed outrage. Palitz chimed in online, explaining that the reporter had misrepresented her point of view. She also contacted us, and we offered a sit-down interview not only about the recent dust-up but about her dual roles as both nightlife advocate and community board member. Our conversation took place one afternoon a couple of weeks ago at Sutra, located at 16 First Avenue (just above East Houston Street).