Six Years Later, Dewey Dufresne’s ‘BYGGYZ’ Finally Opens on Clinton Street
Don’t hold your breath any longer, for the time is here. Dewey Dufresne’s sandwich shop, BYGGYZ, finally debuted on the Lower East Side. The promise is fulfilled.
BYGGYZ opened at 37-39 Clinton Street yesterday afternoon for the lunchtime rush. Truth be told, it bears an old-school, albeit welcome, deli counter vibe. (The previous tenant was a bodega.) But the menu will cost you. It’s not cheap to eat here, with gourmet sandwiches costing over $12 apiece. There are four main options – BYGGYBEEF, BYGGYPYGGY, BYGGYBYRD, and Tuna SOF (south of France). His son Wylie’s popular “Du’s Donuts” brand is also available here.
Dewey first unrolled the BYGGYZ concept at a Feast of San Gennaro pop-up back in 2011. He’s held the lease on Clinton Street for more than two years, but the delays are apparently owed to “construction obstacles” and “red tape” involved with opening a restaurant (e.g. utilities). The much anticipated eatery was supposed to have opened in summer 2015, itself a bumped timetable from the prior April.
The establishment is a homecoming for Dewey Dufresne who is back on the block nearly twenty years after first opening the acclaimed 71 Clinton Fresh Food in 1999, and inadvertently launching the career of Wylie.