Suffolk Arms Debuts on East Houston Today More Than a Year Later Than Scheduled

Posted on: February 18th, 2016 at 5:17 am by
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It’s all systems go for Suffolk Arms over at 269 East Houston. For more than a year, this bar signified a failure to launch. But that’s in the past. The plywood was peeled a couple weeks ago, and the window paper carted away.

As previously reported, proprietor Giuseppe Gonzales – former bartender at PKNY, Golden Cadillac, and Dutch Kills – nabbed a license without community support. Taking a peek inside, the 63-seat bar itself is heavy on the “New York” inspiration. There are framed illustrations of notable New Yorkers drawn by Seattle-based artist Mandilla Blouin (Gil Scott Heron, Ed Koch, Jam Master Jay).

According to New York Magazine, Suffolk Arms was supposed to have bowed at the end of September. That’s a full year after its initial projection. The establishment was also listed in the magazine’s 2014 fall roundup.

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Here’s more context and hype for the menu by Time Out New York:

An annotated menu touts 11 original cocktails ($14) like the Tough Room, which fuses a Guinness with a whiskey sour stout, as well as a selection of 13 “Something Like Classics” quaffs ($13), which play on time-honored libations from the likes of PDT’s Jeff Bell and Jeffrey Morgenthaler of Pepe Le Moko in Portland, Oregon. A third section of the menu gives spirited proof to vodka’s bonafides with drinks crafted by New York bar pioneers, like a Flatiron Martini from Julie Reiner and a Grapefruit Cooler from Audrey Saunders.

There is one constant at 269 East Houston, though – it’s a cursed space. Meow Mix, Vasmay Lounge, and the Local 269 all tried to make it work but failed. With regard to the latter venue, the business was felled by flood back in 2013.

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