Organika Proprietor Opens ‘Galeria’ on Clinton Street

Posted on: January 26th, 2016 at 5:00 am by
This image has been archived or removed.

The principal of West Village haunt Organika – Jairo Barros – is ready to show off his Lower East Side vision. Galeria just bowed at 43 Clinton Street this week, the space previously occupied by the Coat of Arms urban styles boutique.

Galeria is a bar-restaurant where everything is an “artwork” with a price, from the furnishings to the plants and shot glasses. It’s also an art gallery where patrons can eat sandwiches of “local, fresh, not preserved products” and drink juices/smoothies.

We’ve seen this type of concept before, and the success rate is usually pretty low. Community Board 3 acknowledged this, and denied their bid for full liquor back in the summertime. Instead, the proprietor settled with beer-wine in an area that already holds more than a dozen licenses.

Here’s a peek inside the madness…

This image has been archived or removed.

And for posterity, the binding stipulations attached to the eventual SLA license:

1) it will operate as a full-service organic restaurant, serving vegan and vegetarian options, with a kitchen open and serving food during all hours of operation,
2) its hours of operation will be 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 A.M. all days,
3) it will not commercially operate any outdoor areas,
4) it will install soundproofing, if needed,
5) it will close any front or rear façade doors and windows at 10:00 P.M. every night or during any amplified performances, including but not limited to DJs, live music and live nonmusical performances,
6) it will play ambient background music only, consisting of recorded music, and not have live music, DJs, promoted events, scheduled performances or any event at which a cover fee will be charged,
7) it will not apply for any alteration in its method of operation without first appearing before
Community Board #3,
8) it may have “happy hours” to 7:00 P.M. each night,
9) it will not host pub crawls or party buses,
10) it will ensure that there are no wait lines outside and will designate an employee responsible to oversee patrons and noise on the sidewalk, and
11) it will conspicuously post this stipulation form beside its liquor license inside of its business, 12) it will provide a telephone number for residents to call with complaints and immediately address any resident complaints

Recent Stories

City Inaugurates 2-Way Delancey Street Bike Lane this Morning

The city will roll out the green carpet this morning. Implemented last month, the nascent two-way protected bike lane along the south side of Delancey Street is finally ready for its official inauguration. The Department of Transportation is holding a press conference this morning on the Lower East Side to celebrate this “safer route for bicycle […]

‘Sunshine Cinema’ Office Building Replacement Begins Marketing Push with New Renderings

The reincarnation of the former Sunshine Cinema takes a new leap forward this week. East End Capital and K Property Group purchased the Lower East Side theater last year for $31.5 million and are redeveloping the property into a 65,000 square-foot commercial tower. For the moment, it’s still standing, yet remains a magnet for feces and […]

CB3 Appears Receptive to BID Involvement in Liquor Licensing, Despite Vehement Community Opposition

Should local business improvement districts have a hand in the liquor license process? Last week, the SLA subcommittee of Community Board 3 heard a proposal by the Lower East Side Partnership that would see the business improvement district insert itself into the liquor license application process. Needless to say, the appearance on the agenda caused […]

City Finally Replaces Light Bulbs in Columbus Park After Months of Darkness

Something as simple as changing light bulbs got caught up in the city bureaucracy. Nevertheless, after an extended period plunged in darkness, Columbus Park in Chinatown is back under the lights. The city last week installed LED bulbs in a majority of the eighteen light poles dotting the park. This was the task, strangely, of […]

Staring into the Pit of Essex Crossing Site 3

Another major hole in the ground, soon to sprout luxury. Along Delancey Street. Work is at a feverish pace as excavation and foundation activity at Site 3 of Essex Crossing proceeds. Here’s an update from Delancey Street Associates’ weekly e-blast: Drilling is complete for the foundation work [at 202 Broome Street], except at tunnel locations. […]