Monthly Archives: February 2012

A visit to The Wayland

Recently opened in the spot formerly Banjo Jim’s (and before that, 9C), The Wayland is somewhat off the beaten path, located at 700 East 9th Street (at Avenue C).  The space has the same layout as its predecessors (upon entering, the bar is on the right side and some seating on the left side with windows looking out onto Avenue C and 9th Street; along with the same wooden staircase leading up to the front door).  Cocktails are a draw here, as is the small bites menu.  The menu also mentioned that Oysters were coming soon.  If you happen to be nearby, The Wayland is a good addition to the Avenue C NYC bar crawl.

Stanton Public and White Slab Palace are no more

In the past couple of months, the craft-beer focused LES NYC bar crawl has been pared down by two spots.  A recent post on indicated that Stanton Public will turn into an exclusive lounge/nightclub spot called The Elsinore.   Moreover, I’ve passed by White Slab Palace several times of late to see the windows covered in brown paper (usually not a good sign).  A fairly recent post on confirms the closure.  It’s unfortunate to lose not one, but two solid craft-beer spots in that nabe.  Here’s hoping some new beer bars open in the LES sooner rather than later.

A visit to The Redhead (349 East 13th Street) in East Village

A bar/restaurant in the old Detour space at 349 East 13th Street.  The space has that smallish East Village feel to it.  I don’t think this spot can fit on any specific-themed NYC pub crawl.  The front half is the bar area and the back half is the dining space.  The food menu consists of American fare focusing on the Southeastern region of the U.S.  Beer choices consist of four quality taps and another dozen or so out of the bottle/can.  I didn’t have a chance to sample the food, but I hope to return one of these days.  The friendly staff made my visit a pleasant one.

A visit to Booker & Dax (207 Second Avenue at 13th St) in East Village

Cocktail-focused bar attached to the Momofuku East Village location.  The entrance on East 13th street leads into a smallish East Village-type space.  Not really allowing standing room, Booker & Dax has a capacity for about 30; two eight-person communal tables, two two-person tables and five seats at each of the two small bars.  Patrons sitting at either bar have a front row seat to watch the cocktail mixologists at work.  Nearly 20 cocktails are available (at $14), plus assorted wine and beer.