‘Esther & Carol’ Goes Dark After Less than 2 Years on the Bowery
Esther & Carol occupied a large swath of the Sohotel corner (the former Bacchanal), and was split in thirds – full service dining room, casual takeout window, and basement lounge with small stage and recording studio (i.e. E&C Studio). The latter addition seemed more like a conversation piece and publicity stunt than legit music room.
The classic-American establishment was another in a long line of story-based concepts that look great in press releases but don’t quite translate to real life. Other area examples would include Louie & Chan or Preserve 24.
Windows at 341 Broome are now covered with token butcher paper. The most recent update disseminated by the establishment was last Wednesday (February 13). Phone calls go unanswered.