“Cocktail Bodega” Set to Open Next Week

Matt Levine and his team at Cocktail Bodega are getting ready for the launch of the new venue at 205 Chrystie Street/19 Stanton Street.  Here’s a promotional image for one of the new bar’s alcohol-infused cocktails — the “Wheatgrass Jim Beam.”  We hear the Sons of Essex honcho plans to open Cocktail Bodega next week.  As Grub Street indicated recently, the place has “aluminum picnic tables and bleachers” on the main floor, while downstairs there’s “a grittier vibe, with graffitied walls, subway seats, and a dubstep-and-jungle soundtrack.”


Cocktail Bodega from Sons of Essex Team Debuts May 15

In February, developer Michael Shah announced he had bought into 205 Chrystie/19 Stanton Street, a five-story mixed-use building.  Shah, who along with Matt Levine opened hot spot “Sons of Essex” a few months ago, said they planned a new “restaurant and lounge concept” at 205 Chrystie. Now we hear the new venue has a name and a tentative opening date.

Word is that construction is underway inside the two-level space, which will be called “Cocktail Bodega.”  If all goes according to plan, the new venue will open May 15th.

In a February news release, Shah said:

DelShah Capital absolutely loves the Lower East Side. As a neighborhood, it is further gentrifying and epitomizes the melting pot of New York City. The area is also home to some of the city’s most interesting art galleries, fashion boutiques, new restaurants and leisure locations. It’s no surprise that more and more people are moving here from all parts of the city – there is growing potential for commercial and residential real estate in this neighborhood.


Ed’s Lobster, Rhong Tiam Set Sights on Lower East Side

Photo credit: Village Voice.

More now on the restaurants/bars going before Community Board 3’s SLA Committee next month. The food blogs seized on item #28; Soho favorite, Ed’s Lobster Bar (see photo) is looking to take over Sachiko’s, the sushi spot at 25 Clinton Street. Owner Ed McFarland says the restaurant will not be a replica of the original on Lafayette, but an offshoot (he was not more specific). Here are some other noteworthy applications:

  • Downtown Dining LLC wants a full liquor license at 205 Chrystie Street. This is a controversial location. The club, 205, and the State Liquor Authority were engaged in a long legal dispute.
  • Two separate applications appear to have been submitted for 161 Ludlow, which recently morphed from Paladar to Imperial Tavern. The team behind Superdive had been trying to sell the restaurant.
  • A Casa Fox, 173 orchard, is going for a full liquor license (presently they only serve beer and wine). It;s going to be a tough sell, since the restaurant is located in a “resolution area,” a section of the neighborhood in which CB3 tries to restrict additional liquor licenses.
  • Gramercy Thai restaurant Rhong Tiam is applying for a full liquor license at 154 Orchard. Michael Huynh was supposed to be converting this place into a Thai/Vietnamese restaurant, after abandoning an Asian tacos concept and shuttering Bia Garden.”
  • Peels, 325 Bowery, is pining for a sidewalk cafe.
  • The Nom Wah Tea Parlor, newly renovated, is hoping for a beer and wine license.