Neuman’s Catering Seeks Liquor License

Posted on: March 11th, 2011 at 6:28 am by

Of the twenty-some-odd applicants interested in securing liquor licenses at Monday’s SLA meeting, one in particular caught our eye.  Number twenty-five on the list – Neuman’s Catering Company.

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Neuman’s has been a Gotham catering institution for three decades.  Proprietor Paul Neuman first opened his culinary concept on the Upper East Side in 1981 and transplanted to 173-175 Chrystie Street, where it remains today.  Three years ago saw a northward expansion to 203 Chrystie, which now houses the head offices of the business.

On a recent walk past 203 Chrystie, we noticed petitions hanging in the windows, beckoning residents to support their application.  As of yesterday, there are a handful of signatures.  We spoke with Neuman last week regarding his intentions with the full liquor license.  Basically, the plan is to convert the former office space in 173 Chrystie to a tiny tasting room for clients and community groups.  There will be tables and seating for approximately forty people.  The hope is to create a comfortable setting to showcase their product, and also to partner with local organizations for any smallish events.

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When asked about whether he anticipated pushback from Community Board 3 for his full liquor application, the owner stressed that Neuman’s is a good corporate citizen that isn’t trying any “fly-by-night” techniques to become a club.  “We hope our record speaks well,” he quipped. March 14 is judgment day.

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