Seen & Heard: Another Pret a Manger

••• And the chainification continues: Pret a Manger is opening at 319 Broadway (at Thomas), in the long-empty space that was Stark’s Veranda. On the other hand, Pret is better than nothing—or a phone store or nail salon.

••• John Waters will be performing a one-man show at City Winery on June 28 and 29.

••• Have you made your First-Time Tuesdays plans yet? Just do it already. Don’t leave me hanging here, dining at Ninja while you sit around at the same-old same-old. “For your subscribers, every Tuesday in April we will offer all our specialty cocktails during happy hour for $5 (5pm-7pm),” emailed Jerry’s Café, which is celebrating 25 years this year. “All they have to do is mention ‘First-Time Tuesdays’ or the Tribeca Citizen to the server or bartender.” And Churrascaria Tribeca says you can get 20% off all food on Tuesdays in April; just mention Tribeca Citizen (or better yet, bring a copy of this with you).

••• @NYCDowntownDiva noticed that Stout Bar (“New York’s Largest Irish Bar,” on W. 33rd St.) appears to be opening another bar at 90 John (and Gold). Because you know what FiDi needs? A place to buy beer.

••• From the LMCCC: “Starting April 2nd for approximately 11 weeks, Collister Street will be fully closed between Hubert and Laight Streets, daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The two-block-long, narrow street in central Tribeca is adjacent to 10 Hubert Street, where residential renovations recently began and continue through early 2014.”

••• Also from the LMCCC: “As capital reconstruction and infrastructure work winds down on Chambers Street, crews are planning extended weekend and overnight work to help expedite the project. This Monday, April 1, Chambers Street will be closed between Broadway and Church, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Then on the weekend of April 6th and 7th, Chambers Street will be closed between West Broadway and Greenwich, as well as between Church and Broadway, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.”



  1. Great to see the end of the works on Chambers.

  2. Overnight construction work? Is that supposed to be an April Fool’s joke? Glad I don’t live on Chambers Street.

  3. I was really hoping that Starks was going to be more interesting than another chain. While not the best restaurant, it did have character and the space could have been revamped into something more unique.