Chanson bakery will open on Greenwich within a few weeks

Patisserie Chanson, which has taken the former Maison Kayser space on Greenwich and Harrison, is scheduled to open within the next six weeks or so. They don’t have details to share yet on the menu, but did note while this spot will be a sibling of the Flatiron Chanson, the concept will be a little different (that’s the uptown interior above, and in the post below).

From their rep: “We’re currently planning for sometime in late April or early May if all construction work is on schedule for completion. We hope to bring great values and leisure to the neighborhood.”

I thought they got their liquor license from CB1 back in September but the location triggered a 500 Foot Hearing. The notices up now are for that, due to the proximity to PS 150 I guess (without getting out the tape measure).

I hope this does not slow their progress, and since there has been liquor served there before my guess is it will not. But by law the application cannot be approved unless the State Liquor Authority finds that issuing the license would be in the public interest.

Here’s the state rule, which, summed up, says “the authority can do whatever it wants”: The 500 Foot Law requires that the Authority consult with the municipality and conduct a hearing to gather facts to determine whether the public interest would be served by issuing the license. This is commonly referred to as the “500 Foot Hearing.” In New York City, the municipality is represented by the local Community Board with jurisdiction over the area where the premises would be located. The Authority can also hold a public meeting on notice to the applicant and the municipality. If there is not opposition to the application, and no other issues presented that requires consideration by the Members of the Authority, the application is acted on by the Authority’s Licensing Bureau. In cases where the Community Board or other interested parties oppose the application, or there are other issues requiring review by the Members of the Authority, the matter is referred to the Members for determination. It’s important to note that the fact that there is opposition to an application does not necessarily mean that the Authority will disapprove the application. The Authority may also disapprove application even when there is no opposition.



  1. It is without question in the public’s best interest to be able to imbibe on that sunny corner.

    • Per SLA:

      The 500 foot rule requires that the Authority consult with the municipality or community board and conduct a hearing to gather facts to determine whether the public interest would be served by issuing the license. This is commonly referred to as the “500 foot hearing”. When considering whether it would be in the public interest to approve the application, the Authority may consider the following:

      • the number, classes and character of other licensed premises not only in the area where the proposed establishment will be located but also in the particular municipality (or subdivision of the municipality);
      • whether the applicant has obtained all other necessary governmental licenses and permits;
      • the effect on vehicular traffic and parking in proximity to the location;
      • the impact on the existing noise level;
      • the history of ABC violations and reported criminal activity at the location; and
      • any other factor specified by law or regulation that would be relevant to deciding whether public convenience and advantage, as well as the public interest, would be served by approving the application.

    • So true!! Yummy.

  2. There are 2 rules that generally apply.

    200 FT RULE

    Schools would trigger a 200 FT hearing. PS 150 is almost 300 feet away, per the NYS Liquor Authority Mapping Project (LAMP).

    Per SLA “The Alcoholic Beverage Control Law prohibits certain licenses from being issued if the location of the establishment is on the same street and within 200 feet of a building that is used exclusively as a school, church, synagogue or other place of worship. This restriction is commonly called the 200 foot rule and applies to any retail establishment where liquor will be sold for on premises consumption and any retail establishment where liquor or wine will be sold for consumption off the premises.”

    500 FOOT RULE

    There are 18 active licenses within 500 feet, many but not all on-premises liquor. Other types of licenses include on-premises beer and wine, off-premises beer (e.g., grocery), etc.

    Per SLA: “The 500 Foot Law prohibits the Authority from issuing an on-premises retail license for the sale and/or consumption of liquor to any premises which is within 500 feet of three establishments that are currently operating with on-premises liquor licenses.”