EMM Group’s Plans for 199 Bowery Approved: Bakery, Asian/Fusion, Jazz

The team behind Abe & Arthur's, SL and other successful ventures persuaded Community Board 3 to support their liquor license for the enormous space that formerly housed mega-club BLVD/Crash Mansion.

Eugene Remm and Mark Birnbaum, dubbed “The New Kings of New York Nightlife” by Forbes, frequent hosts to celebrities and all-around restaurant-industry “it” guys, had a hot date last night.

For the better part of an hour, the stylishly outfitted, articulate partners hovered at the edge of a folding table full of decider-types in a fluourescent-lit meeting room on East 5th Street. They listed their accomplishments and made their case that they should be entrusted with a full bar permit for a new venture at 199 Bowery, the former home of mega-club/neighborhood nightmare BLVD/Crash Mansion.

It worked.

CB3 Panel Approves Liquor Licenses for Bowery Steakhouse, Basketball City

199 Bowery. Photo credit: New York Magazine.

What’s to be done with a venue boasting a maximum occupancy of 900? Well, in the case of 199 Bowery, the Lower East Side has already been graced with mega-clubs Blvd, Crash Mansion and Soiree. Tonight, at the tail end of Community Board 3’s blessedly brief SLA Committee hearing, we learned this cursed spot is about to become home to an enormous steakhouse from the father/son team behind Quality Meats and Smith & Wollensky.

Alan (father) and Michael (son)  Stillman won approval for their concept, a “slightly more affordable” version of the original Quality Meats on 58th Street. The offshoot will include around 300 seats on the main level, plus a 50 foot bar — along with a downstairs club with an “occasional DJ and live music.” There will also be a bakery and ice cream bar up front.