Long-time West Harlem residents Roy Henley and Rita Royer-Henley are showing their neighborhood some love with their new comfort food restaurant in Hamilton Heights: At 4 p.m. tomorrow, the couple will throw open the doors at The Grange Bar & Eatery (1635 Amsterdam Avenue) to showcase the spot’s new drink menu via a soft opening.
The unveiling will reveal a 74-seat restaurant designed to look like a farmer’s kitchen, a space Henley said that he wanted to be open and inviting. The owner did time at GMT Tavern, Swift, and Puck Fair, and he’s enlisted chef Alan Vargas to create a menu for The Grange that focuses on seasonal, organic ingredients.
“We will have something for everyone,” explains the owner. “It will not be your ordinary menu.” That list will roll out in two weeks.
In the meantime, you’ll be able to sample 11 signature cocktails designed by Bobby Hiddleston of smash hit Financial District cocktail bar The Dead Rabbit plus a variety of craft beers on draft.
And once The Grange is in full swing, look for it to stay open late: “I’d eventually like to stay open until 4 a.m. every night because I know there a lot of service industry people who live up here and work downtown,” Henley says. “I’d like to be a stop on the way home. It’s nice to go for a drink when you get off of work at one or two in the morning.”
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on June 5, 2013