Catching up with some bar/restaurant news

There have been some tidbits from the CB1 Licensing Committee meetings over the past couple months that I buried, so I am doing a dump here:

Tribeca Social | 6 Murray
Peter Rufano graduated from Pace in 2005 (and again in 2007 with an MBA) so even though he lives on Long Island, he wanted to open a restaurant here. He has no other restaurants in the city, but is applying for two others in CB5. He took the committee on a history tour of the bars in that space: Nathan Hale, BBQ and Blues, Copper Barrell, Connelly’s — the last one was Manhattan Proper — and said there had been a bar in that space as far back as the ’70s. He called the menu “elevated modern American”; the interior got a cosmetic renovation. No outdoor space, no live music, no cover fees, no bouncers. CB1 gave him till midnight on weekdays and 1a on weekends.

One Wall Street
CB1 approved a liquor license for the Lifetime Fitness Club at One Wall Street, which in addition to workout rooms will have a coffee bar on one level and a full service restaurant on the next. The main entrance is on New Street. It’s members-only, NB.

The Sanctuary Courts | Centre at Reade
The plan here is to bring the kiosks on the north side of 1 Centre Street — on the plaza there in front of the church — back to life with plant-based menus and beer and wine. The place will be seasonal since it’s all outdoors, though they will add umbrellas, heat, planters along the perimeter and string lights across the space. One kiosk will be used for storage and the other for operations. CB1 gave them till 2a, 10p on Sundays. I can’t imagine that spot getting much traction, but we will see…

RX Bar | 2 Coenties Slip
A former employee of Morimoto — the Iron Chef whose restaurant in the Chelsea Market closed during the pandemic — is opening a cocktail bar at 2 Coenties Slip, midblock between Water and Pearl. The basement has a cold kitchen but that will allow him to serve sushi, juices, salads, etc. There will be 37 seats with 6 at the bar.

The Lawn Club
The Howard Hughes Corp.’s plan for the former 10 Corso Como space should be coming along by now — they said it would open in early 2022. The capacity there is 600 people using rentable, timed lawn spaces. The two spaces have been combined into one unit, though one side will have “approachable comfort food” from donut and pizza expert Wylie Dufresne. Hours are 8a to 2a, Sunday 10a to 1a.

Augustine | 5 Beekman
I have run this before, but as a reminder: the chef Daniel Boulud has taken over Keith McNally’s stunner Augustine, in the northeast corner of the Beekman Hotel. A representative of his company, Dinex, said, “we are just taking the keys and opening it back up for our concept.”



  1. Anything new with Il Mulino on Greenwich? The door has a sign that says renovations are underway that’s been there for months. Lights are occasionally on, but I haven’t seen a ton of action.

    Also, there was an article in Road & Track about cameras that track and ticket vehicles for excessive noise being piloted in NYC:

    I’m sure the neighborhood would strongly support this type of thing here with the amount of honking around the tunnel/Canal and racing on the WSH. It’d be great if we could support it somehow.

  2. Any update on Cafe Clementine??

  3. Il Mulino opening this Tues Feb 22

  4. Any ETA on the new Augustine? It’s been months, the missed the holiday, missed Fashion Week.
    Spring/ Summer is not their season. It’s a warm snuggly spot.