Looks Like the 10-Year-Old ‘Dressing Room’ is not Long for Orchard Street
On Orchard Street, sneakers and spirits are threatened, as the Dressing Room may soon undress for the last time. Tombstone leasing signage, courtesy of Samy Mahfar’s REAL New York brokerage, is presently affixed above the door.
There are no listings online yet, and the proprietors didn’t immediately return a request for comment.
Before the “museum block” of Orchard Street became such a nightlife destination, there were only a handful of hangouts. It was a low-key vibe of local spots that never really got too rowdy, a trend that began to change once The DL started attracting the crowds south of Delancey. You might grab a bite at Sticky Rice or Little Giant (RIP) and head for a drink at the designers bar a few doors down at the Dressing Room. Though, maybe not for much longer.
The Dressing Room debuted at 75A Orchard Street in 2007 (yep, ten years ago), founded by stylist-owner Nikki Fontanella and Alexandra Adame. Its aim from the get-go was to create a hybrid bar-boutique that would bring a “little history back to the Lower East Side, which was the original garment district of Manhattan.” The Three-pronged venue married cocktails and vintage films with shopping. The first floor is split between fashion bar (sneakers and spirits sold), sidecar local designer boutique, and basement clothing exchange shop.