Into the Jungle of ‘Monroe,’ Opening this Week on Monroe Street

Posted on: March 6th, 2017 at 9:41 am by

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Monroe is ready to go.

Within the next few days, the Forgtmenot family will open their newest Lower East Side venture, Monroe. Their fourth. The debut is more than a year in the making, and with it, the first major restaurant on this scruffy block.

Located on its eponymous street beneath the Manhattan Bridge – across from world famous Coleman Skatepark – Monroe is a sanctuary of greenery. It’s like walking into a botanical garden, with plants dangling and protruding from seemingly every surface. Think of it as al-fresco dining in an indoor jungle.

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Cuisine here is southern European (Mediterranean), featuring a variety of small and entree dishes such as ratatouille, eggplant parmasean, Spaghetti bolognese, and a 16 Oz. rib eye.

Also notable are the new mezzanine, constructed literally in thin air, and the hidden mid-floor dais.

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Monroe was not forged without some local controversy, though. There was a protracted battle at the Community Board level around this time last year. Several Chinatown locals mobilized to block. In fact, even another local block association – Save Two Bridges – organized for the occasion. Much of the opposition levied was against the “colonization” of this piece of Chinatown/Two Bridges. That it would open the proverbial flood gates for other nightlife operators

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The Mediterranean spot also sits right beside Little Chair, another outpost on the Forgtmenot roster.

Menu for New Restaurant at 49 Monroe by BoweryBoogie on Scribd

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