Yesterday, a tipster sent along branding (above) for a new Belgian restaurant in the 'crazy landlord' building on 2nd Ave. and 3rd Street. Today, an owner writes in to share some more details. The space, which may be called The Belgian, but they're considering a few names, will first and foremost be a restaurant with a serious beer program. They plan on hiring a beer/brew master and paying "homage to belgian monks and abbeys but of course with a twist." The menu will be Belgian (mussels, fries), but they're considering a one item focus a la Le Relais de Venise in Midtown. They hope to keep it open as a cafe during the day and as a full service restaurant at night.
As for the space, he says it will be a stunner:
It is a beautiful high ceiling space with a very Gothic basement with a sidewalk vault all around, similar to Bacaro. The basement will have a separate bar and dining as well as beer and wine cask rooms and an area for brewing.Fun! Given new beer-centric spaces are opening on 2nd Ave. down near 2nd St. and up on 6th St. while Max is opening a block away and the Sea Salt space is finally rented, "there will be a new vibrancy for Second Avenue."
The main floor will have a large canopied bar, large tables beer hall style with old oak and mahogany church pews. The large french doors will open to a wraparound sidewalk cafe sitting 40 or so under large colorful awnings. It will be romantic yet appropriate. Think a sexier Balthazar marries a corpulent Fette Sau and the offspring is The Belgian.
· New Belgian Place on 2nd Ave. [~ENY~]