Holy Ground
112 Reade St.
(at W. Broadway)
American (Traditional), Bar
More casual than fancy

While A Summer Day Café evokes an afternoon at the seaside, its half-sibling downstairs, Holy Ground, is more of a night in the big city—inspired by classic New York City establishments like the 21 Club and Keens. Restaurateur Matt Abramcyk is partnering with Nathan Lithgow and Franco V, who had been cooking barbecue at Fort Gansevoort gallery in the Meatpacking District and a pop-up in Williamsburg. As with other Abramcyk restaurants, such as Tiny’s and Smith & Mills, there’s a strong sense of place: The feeling is dark and clubby, with wood everywhere, a flea market’s worth of knick-knacks and art, maroon leather banquettes, red damask wallpaper, and, in a booth for two tucked under the stairs, a collage of erotica. As for the food, the idea is to augment barbecue and steakhouse classics with contemporary touches, such a smoked savoy cabbage with miso or black-eye peas with gochujang tomato confit and tarragon.