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Liquor Applicants: Clinton Street Baking, Chinolita, Mr. Fong’s and More

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Clinton Street Baking Co., the popular pancakes joint, is expanding into the space that used to house Min's Market.
Clinton Street Baking Co., the popular pancakes joint, shown here on the right, is expanding into the space that used to house Min’s Market, shown on the left.

Community Board 3’s liquor licensing subcommittee has full agendas both tonight and tomorrow night, July 14 and 15. Here are a few items of note on the agenda for the meetings, which both take place at 59 E. Fourth St. at 6:30 p.m. See the complete agendas on the CB3 website.

  • Clinton Street Baking Company & Restaurant, 2-4 Clinton St. (Monday): Known for its pancakes and locally sourced classic American food (voted Best Pancakes by New York Magazine), the brunch spot that regularly draws two-hour table waits is seeking permission to extend its liquor license into its newly acquired space next door. It has leased the former Min’s Market, which closed this spring at the corner of Clinton and Houston streets.
  • Chinolita, 107 Eldridge St. (Monday): This cafe/brasserie, which is applying for a full liquor license, is headed by Jack Abramcyk of Tiny’s and the Bar Upstairs. Along with a traditional sound system, there will also be a jukebox on premise. Chinolita plans to have a total of 36 tables between its two floors, as well as two bars, and is requesting to be open until 2 a.m. during the week and 4 a.m. on the weekends.
  • Mr. Fong’s, 123 Madison St. (Tuesday):  As we mentioned in our story last week about a microbrewery approved for this same block, this project was originally proposed at 115 Madison St., and backed by restaurateur Nick Morgenstern of El Rey Coffee Bar and Morgenstern’s Finest Ice Cream. A revised proposal has dropped Morgenstern’s name and moved to the corner of Market and Madison streets. The plan calls for Chinese food using ingredients bought from local businesses, with 12 tables seating 30 people and an eight-person bar.
  • Nuevo, 112 Stanton St. (Monday): The former fabric store will be transformed into a 64-seat Latin American restaurant by a local dentist, who is seeking a full liquor license. The proposed menu includes ceviches, sangria and paellas.
  • Name TBD, 174 Rivington St. (Monday):  This tavern/karaoke bar proposed by applicants Luca Frank Carucci and Joe Peraino is applying for a full liquor license and plans to serve panini and desserts in the space once occupied by the Red Velvet Lounge. The applicants, who are seeking noon to 4 a.m. hours, were previously licensed at a bar in Soho, at 46 Grand St., and also at a bar in Brooklyn.
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