Fans of the homey, old-school Lower East Side restaurant Sons of Essex (and its adjacent delicatessen) and the once hopping nearby club the Eldridge may start trekking West for their nightly endeavors come early December. Co-owners Matt Levine and Michael Shah are set to open their latest venture, The Rowhouse Inn, a subterranean boite in a building on Gansevoort Street in a landmark neighborhood. Inspired by the row houses of late 18th and early 19th century New York, the lounge will boast an understated décor of plush Chesterfield vintage banquets; walls covered in mirrors, tufted panels and black and white photos of old New York; red and maroon design accents and a William Shakespeare quote emblazoned in neon signage. Patrons can sip specialty cocktails and nibble sharing plates while listening to music from a rotating cadre of DJs like AndrewAndrew, Krunk Pony, and Cougarskin. Your typical meatpacking district rager this is not.
“With a rumored farmer’s market opening across the street, the Whitney coming down the block, we hope to expand on the art and culture coming to the Meatpacking area, bringing some of our own Lower East Side creativity,” says Levine.