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When one restaurant’s doors close, another restaurant’s doors open in fast-paced New York City, and every Friday, we’ll fill you in on what opened up around town this week. This week, a beer garden in the Financial District, a Woody Allen inspired speakeasy, and a no-frills American pub in the West Village.
Ambrose Hall, 18 Fulton Street, 212-785-0018
Located in the Financial District, Ambrose Hall is part whiskey haven, part beer garden, part surf club. The owners are no strangers to the beer hall scene — they formerly owned Beekman Beer Garden, which closed when construction began at Pier 17. Earlier this week, owner Telly Hatzigeorgiou told us, “We’re trying to find craft products you wouldn’t find in your average bar.” Ambrose Hall is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. until midnight and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. until 3 a.m.
Campeón, 9 East 16th Street, 212-675-4700
A new sports bar has opened in the Financial District that boasts Mexican fare and the ambiance to match. Feast on playful spins on guacamole, glazed wings, and, of course, cold cerveza. The joint has 35 high definition televisions, so you won’t miss a second of the upcoming World Cup matches.
Chapter One, 33 Greenwich Avenue, 212-842-9146
Chapter One is an American Pub in the West Village that owner Damian Collins hopes will serve as “really warm, really comfortable, and a welcoming spot.” The menu features Long Island duck, half chicken, oyster chowder, and a lot of local vegetables. The cocktails are simple and to the point, just as Collins likes them. Chapter One is open for dinner every night and brunch on weekends.
Dear Irving, 55 Irving Place
Inspired by Woody Allen’s hit movie Midnight in Paris, Dear Irving is a cocktail den created by the team behind the Raines Law Room speakeasy. Bartender Meaghan Dorman penned the cocktail list, and the drinks pair to small bites such as beetroot pickled beef tongue and bloody mary jumbo lumb crab. Reservations are encouraged.
Ochado, 76 Orchard Street
A small 34-seat ramen restaurant is open for business in the Lower East Side. Ochado comes from Jimmy Cheung, who also owns 212 Sushi Lounge on Long Island. The restaurant serves ramen as well as a variety of small bites. Ochado is open from noon to midnight everyday.
Union Bar and Kitchen, 300 Spring Street, 646-791-0005
Hudson Square restaurant Union Bar and Kitchen is the brainchild of chef Jonathan Renert, and the eclectic menu features everything from taquitos to rotisserie chicken to panko fried oysters. Earlier this week, Renert told us, “The name Union is meant to reflect the fact the food, the space, and the vibe all reflect the various experiences I have had traveling and living all over the world and learning to cook different styles of food, and in general, I wanted to create a place where people want to visit.” Union Bar and Kitchen is open for brunch, lunch, and dinner.