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ISO Subterranean Drinking and Dining Spots

  • EVOhNo Jun 18, 2008 06:50 PM
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Full disclosure: This is for an article I'm researching...not an assignment, but something I'm writing on spec.

I'm looking for underground (as in below street level) bars and restaurants in the Manhattan area. The newer the better—preferably locations opened in the last few months or so, or perhaps even soon-to-open spots. Vibe doesn't really matter so much as the theme of being under the earth.

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  1. These are not new:

    Town - The subterranean dining room is drop-dead gorgeous.

    Amalia - While the main dining takes place on street level, there is a dining area and a bar room on the subterranean level.

    1. Brasserie 8 1/2 (not new)
      Dovetail (somewhat new) has a street-level bar and dining room, plus a smaller subterranean dining area

      1. Bar: Little Banch

        1. sakagura

          1. These are all great spots, and I already have them on my radar—thanks so much. But anything newer?

            1. Is Trinity Place considered underground? It's in an old bank vault space and quite nifty. Here's their website ... http://www.trinityplacenyc.com/ . I've only had drinks and snacks there so I can't attest to the dinner service.

              1. Bacaro-- while there is some ground level dining the majority of the space is below ground which some really beautiful nooks and crannies. One of the nicer spaces I've seen in a while.

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                1. re: jdream

                  Suba-although not new.

                  1. re: samiam123

                    Coliseum Bar on 58th just west of 8th., Rocky Sullivan's on Lex. at 27th?, There's a bar on 9th Ave btwn 56th & 57th... west side of the street, Black and White on 10th St. btwn 3rd and 4th, There used to be a McAnn's around 45th and 5th. I'm sure that space must be another bar/rest. now. Of course there's Wo-Hop at 17 Mott St., The Bar at Bowery Ballroom, Bar/rest. at the Rock Ctr. ice rink. There's an italian rest. on 56th St., a door west of Patsy's that's downstairs, Prune has a (very) small downstairs room.

                2. Happy Ending (also not new) has a downstairs.

                  http://www.happyendinglounge.com/2005/

                  Or you could search this way:
                  http://newyork.citysearch.com/yellowp...

                  1. Hagi
                    Grotto

                    1. Sub Mercer. Red door, long ally of a hall, suprising to be there. Under the Mercer Hotel.