To say it’s been a long time coming is an understatement: The return of the legendary 1922-born West Village speakeasy has been hotly anticipated for nearly a decade, since a collapsed wall forced it to shutter in 2007. Under the wing of Sushi Nakazawa restaurateur Alessandro Borgognone, alongside longtime owner Jimmy Miller, the celebrated space retains its history and charm without getting stuck in the past, thanks to an interior refresher and all-new bar and food menus. The renovated 54-seat iteration is dark-hued, with patterned wallpaper, leather banquettes, framed photographs and book-jacket covers from scribers like Jack Kerouac and Edna St. Vincent Millay, who played an important part in the bar’s history as a literary stronghold. As for sustenance, the Nakazawa beverage team delivers a bar program heavy on Scotch and whiskey, while Atera alum Victoria Blamey revives all-American classics (burgers, steak frites) in the kitchen.
86 Bedford St
|Cross street:||between Barrow and Grove Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu 5:30–10:30pm; Fri, Sat 5:30–11pm|
|Transport:||Subway: 1 to Christopher St–Sheridan Sq|
|Price:||Average cocktail: $15|
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