If you pass by the intersection of East Broadway and Clinton streets with any regularity, you probably noticed something different in the last couple of days. The metal gate is up at 221 East Broadway, revealing a brand new glass and wood facade at Eastwood, the bar being opened by Sivan Harlap and Andrew States. While the main space is not yet operational, their “Chip Shop” around the corner on Clinton soft-launched yesterday.
As noted last week, the State Liquor Authority rejected Eastwood’s application for a full bar, ruling that the business is too close (less than 200 feet) from a church and a synagogue. Harlap and States have now decided to go for a wine and beer license. They’ll appear before Community Board 3’s State Liquor Authority Committee next month. Beer and wine permits are not subject to the same rules regarding proximity to religious institutions and schools as full liquor licenses.
For now the Chip Shop is open for lunch and early dinner until around 8 p.m. There’s only one table and some counter space, so take-away might be your best option. Today there was a relatively small menu, including a fresh fish sandwich, falafel, fish & chips, a salad with kale, apples and fennel and a squash, kale and white bean soup.