Okay, so it doesn’t look like Spitzer’s Corner is opening this week, but we did manage to sneak in and take a peek at the goods. Right this way, ladies and gentlemen… this Lower East Sider’s outfitted with reclaimed pickle barrel wood walls, long wood tables, metal chairs and two zinc bars (one per dining room). The Shamlian brothers’ communal eatery will no doubt be a laid back social affair. But wait there’s more…
Floor-to-ceiling retractable glass windows will open up to the street, where they’ll be outdoor seating for twenty, a grand total of 120 seats at this New American gastropub. To refresh your memory, Will & Rob Shamlian bid adieu to Sam Talbot awhile back, recruiting chef Michael Cooperman (Le Bernadin) to take over kitchen duties.
Oh, we got a glimpse of the menu too: There’s a doozy of a raw bar that’s soon to display west & east coast oysters, shrimp and king crab legs. The seafood-studded menu features a whole fish version of fish & chips, cuttlefish in squid ink sauce and beer-battered oysters. The carnivorously-inclined can feast on the house burger, grilled lamb ribs with harissa and the “PBLT” (crisp pork belly, lettuce & tomato on challah bread). Cooperman wraps with fried donuts, sorbet and ice cream. Just a light bar snack with your beer on tap, think pork fat popcorn, LES pot of pickles or mixed olives.
Until we eat again,
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