“We’re serving really good food at a decent price,” says Erin Garmont, owner of Woodrow’s, which just opened on Murray. If that—and the general vibe—brings to mind a place like Walker’s, that could be because Garmont once worked there, among other restaurants (and in legal compliance at a hedge fund).
The space used to be Biddy Early’s, but the beer pong is gone. Garmont also cleaned up the wood around the bar, redid the floors, and upgraded the lighting, among other improvements. “I wanted something between a dive and a fancy restaurant,” she says. “The kind of place where a woman can come in and not be afraid of how dirty the bathroom might be.”
Upstairs is a long bar with 18 stools. The dining room, which has seating for 45 (if you count the nook off the bar), is in the rear. “We’re going for an old-New-York atmosphere. I named it Woodrow’s because Woodrow Wilson was president when Prohibition was enacted, and I wanted that speakeasy feel.” It didn’t hurt that Garmont’s dog, a French bulldog/Boston terrier mix, is named Wilson. “Not that I’m a crazy dog person or anything,” she says, pulling out her phone to show me photos of Wilson.
The menu is along the lines of what you’d expect, with an emphasis on steak. (The lunch and dinner menus are posted below; click to enlarge.) The upstairs bar has 24 beers on tap, while there will be five craft beers downstairs.
I’m getting ahead of myself: There’s also a huge downstairs, opening next week. It has a dozen bar seats, while the rest of the room will have a “lounge-y feel” with club chairs and a fireplace nook. “We’ll be emphasizing high-end wines and whiskey down here,” says Garmont, giving me a tour. “And we’ll host brewmaster days and Scotch events.”
Woodrow’s is open from 8 a.m. Monday through Saturday, serving a limited (non-breakfast) menu till 11 a.m., then lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., then it’s back to the limited menu until 5 p.m., when dinner is available until 1 a.m. It’s also open Sundays from noon to 1 a.m.
Woodrow’s is at 43 Murray (between Church and W. Broadway), 212-676-0300; woodrowsnyc.com.
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