Black Tap LES Opens Today, Further Crowding Congested Ludlow Street

Posted on: June 19th, 2017 at 5:00 am by

Get ready, Hell Square denizens. Life on Ludlow Street might feel a bit more congested starting in a few hours.

Black Tap LES is slated to debut at 177 Ludlow Street later this morning (one day earlier than expected). Last Thursday night was the obligatory “friends and family” launch, and the weekend was reportedly spent training the new recurits.

Expect all the bells and whistles from the other Black Tap locations – “craft burgers and beer,” plus their popular milkshake menu. Wall art is courtesy of street artist Fumero.

In the meantime, neighbors on the block should brace for imminent overcrowding. The truth is, embattled upper Ludlow Street simply can’t handle much more in the way of congestion. Especially not on the scale of Black Tap and their rabid customer base. It’s over-developed, over-populated, and over-saturated; a narrow street plagued by large-scale hotels, bars, restaurants, and the deliveries accommodating each. Their popularity and penchant for long queues will no doubt aggravate the situation.

The State Liquor Authority handily approved Black Tap’s beer and wine application this past February. The team scored not only approval, but a loosening of restrictive stipulations – they can now reportedly stay open until 2:00am all days (contrary to CB3’s earlier stipulation of 12:30am).

177 Ludlow Street is owned by controversial landlord Samy Mahfar, purchased the property in September 2012. Prior applicants for 177 Ludlow (e.g. Quality Eats) weren’t considered largely due to this fact.

Recent Stories

How the New Owners Really Feel About the Demolition of Sunshine Cinema

The wrecking ball is coming for the Sunshine Cinema – which closed down at the end of January – and the new ownership couldn’t care less about it. In a Q&A with the Commercial Observer this week, Gregory Kraut, a managing partner at K Property Group, exhuded a rather flippant attitude toward the 1898-era building. Kraut’s […]

Upscaled 168 Suffolk Street Sells for $12M

As East Houston Street continues its trajectory to luxury life – there are multiple towers under construction – the effects are felt in the immediate vicinity. Case in point: the sale of 168 Suffolk Street for more than twice the purchase price three years ago. Eunhasu Corporation acquired the gussied-up 168 Suffolk Street for $12 […]

OddFellows is Opening a New Ice Cream Shop on East Houston

Without craning your neck upward, you would probably have no idea that OddFellows is opening a new outpost on East Houston Street. Six months after its autumnal “carnival” stunt nearby in SoHo, the Brooklyn-based ice cream shop is readying something new at the corner of Mott Street. Interior build-out has been underway here for the […]

How to Snitch on Building Owners for Not Shoveling the Snow

After snowstorms, many building owners are guilty of neglecting the sidewalk cleanup. Some are late to it, and others just ignore altogether. Some are even chronic offenders; you know who they are if you’ve walked the Lower East Side streets enough. Here are the rules for snow or ice cleanup. Landlords basically have a four-hour […]

Vacate Order Partially Lifted After 85 Bowery Staircase Replaced

Rehabilitation of 85 Bowery hit a snag this week after workers discovered asbestos while replacing the unstable staircase. Presence of the carcinogen on the third and fourth floors means that the timetable to completion is now delayed. But the staircase is now complete, and the Department of Buildings acted in kind. The full vacate order […]