The Blind Barber: Finally, New York Gets a Restaurant and Salon, All in One


Remember back in October, when for a few tantalizing hours it looked like the former Mercury Dime space was going to become the city’s very first restaurant-barbershop-massage parlor? It seemed too good to be true, and sadly, it was.

But no longer!

At last night’s Community Board 3 meeting, the owner of Plan B appeared to apply for a license transfer for — wait for it — the tavern and salon he’s planning to open in the Plan B space on East 10th Street. “We’re re-tooling the concept,” he explained. No, really?

The new place will be called the Blind Barber, and will continue to serve food from Gnocco, the Italian restaurant next door that supplied Plan B with its bar bites. And while one might reasonably worry that the old ‘waiter, there’s a hair in my soup’ chestnut could assume terrifyingly realistic proportions in such an establishment, rest assured that although the restaurant and salon will be under the same roof, they will be two separate entities. But even though bottles of ketchup and tonic will not congregate, varying degrees of inebriation still don’t seem an ideal match for aesthetic decisions and a pair of scissors.


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