8/14/12 • Restaurant/Bar News
Biddy Early’s became Woodrow’s. Uncle Mike’s is giving way to Cricketer’s Arms. Now Murray Street’s gentrification continues with the Manhattan Proper Bar & Social Club, in the space that was Copper Barrel. (Can New York Dolls be next? Dare to dream!) The “social club” part of the name isn’t just a bit of wishful filigree. There’s a dress code—it’s dressy casual, so none of that oversized-jersey hoodlum look—and they’re considering offering membership, with monthly members-only parties.
The word that ought to be in the name is “restaurant.” When the full menu launches Monday, it’ll include classics like wings, a chicken club, and mac and cheese, but there will also be a boudin croquette, andouille sliders with Creole mustard and caramelized shallots, a Truffle Burger with a “balsamic portabella red wine reduction,” and smoked sea salt on the Caesar salad. (I’m charmed by the inclusion of “Specials — Sometimes” on the dessert menu, but a little concerned about “Home Made Cool Whip.”) Until Monday, a much smaller menu is available; both menus are at right. Lunch starts Monday, too.
The bar is up front, with about a dozen stools, a lot of standing room, and a large window that’s open on nice days. The dining room, in back, seats around 50. There’s a banquette on the east wall, with one coming to the west wall in the next couple of days. The aesthetic is very black-and-white and a little austere—art is on the way—with the exception of the five 70-inch televisions (a 103-inch projection TV will be unrolled for football games). Manhattan Proper has plans to become a hangout during Gators’ games, for one of the owners is a big fan. And if you don’t know who the Gators are, you should probably go elsewhere.
Downstairs, which has even more space than upstairs, should be ready by late fall. During the ongoing renovation they discovered a cache of old photos—evidently, during the 1970s, the space was an underground rock club where the likes of Janis Joplin and Alice Cooper played. (Anyone know anything about this? I’m begging Manhattan Proper to let me run the photos.)
Manhattan Proper is open Monday through Saturday, and Sundays during football season. Happy-hour specials are available, but delivery is unlikely. Share your opinions here or on the Manhattan Proper page in the Tribeca Citizen Restaurant Guide.
Manhattan Proper is at 6 Murray (between Church and Broadway), 646-559-4445; manhattanproper.com.
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