According to reps for the restaurant, the new version of the famed Village restaurant The Pink Tea Cup will reopen on June 2. Back in January, when the 55 year-old Grove Street institution was forced to close after a drop off in business, neighborhood savior Lawrence Page bought the rights to the name from the original owner and set out to open the Tea Cup in a new location. As reported back in March that new home is around the corner on 88 7th Avenue South.
When she reopens next month, Pink Tea Cup 2.0 will feature a full bar complete with a "cocktail specialist", a stage for live performances, new menu items (Page told Eater it would be "comfort food with a gourmet twist"), and extended hours. And to assuage regulars, PR reps add that founder Charles Raye gave Page his cookbook so that "the original Pink Tea taste of 55 years remains the same." To see the full run down of the planned menu items, please read the full release below:
THE PINK TEA CUP RESTAURANT GIVES NEW YORK CITY’S GREENWICH VILLAGE ITS SOUL AGAIN with OFFICIAL REOPENING JUNE 2, 2010· The New Home of 55 Year Old Staple The Pink Tea Cup [~ENY~]
(NEW YORK, NY) May 13, 2010...New York City is “getting its soul back” this summer in the heart of the West Village. After overwhelming anticipation by foodies everywhere, it was announced today that beginning June 2, 2010, The Pink Tea Cup restaurant (88 Seventh Avenue South btwn: Grove Street and Bleecker Street), one of New York City’s oldest southern culinary institutions, will officially reopen its doors to entice the palates and satisfy the appetites of foodies, fans, dignitaries and travelers alike once again and more than ever before with its soulful American southern cuisine.
Together with a larger, sleek new venue around the corner from its former location (including a full bar and live performance space) and a talented team comprised of new and original members of the Pink Tea Cup, independent filmmaker, theater proprietor, restaurateur and new owner Lawrence Page is taking the legendary restaurant to enhanced, contemporary heights while carrying on the torch of tradition, culinary excellence and heart-warming service that the soulful eatery has become known for over the past 55 years.
“A lot of work was put into the building of the original Pink Tea Cup and the reputation it has today,” says former owner and co-founder Charles Raye who sold The Pink Tea Cup to Mr. Page. “I’m glad that out of many, Lawrence Page will now be the one carrying on the legacy built by founder Mary Raye and myself.” I am happy that he [Page] is bringing the restaurant back to its devoted customers and to a new generation of patrons.”
“I’m thrilled to reopen the Pink Tea Cup,” says Mr. Page. “With a larger location, new venue features, an enticing menu including original and new dishes that diners are sure to fall in love with and staying open until 5am for those after hours foodies the way it was back in the day, I look more than forward to serving the New York community and continuing the delicious legacy of the Pink Tea Cup.”
Page is maintaining the original signature dishes of the Pink Tea Cup while adding contemporary southern dishes to the menu as well. Guests will fully enjoy contemporary additions including Herb-crusted rack of lamb with roasted shallot au jus served with lobster mashed potatoes; Crispy fried duck drizzled w/ pecan sauce served with collard greens and sweet potatoes; Grilled pork chops stuffed with an apple, sausage and spinach cornbread stuffing drizzled with Apple brandy sauce; Blackened BBQ Salmon over Garlic Mashed potatoes with sautéed spinach and seasoned seared Shrimp, among other dishes.
Diners will delight in the seduction of their taste buds by the down-home spice and authentic flavor of traditional southern favorites such as Fried Chicken and Homemade Waffles; BBQ Shrimp-N-Signature House grits; Slow grilled barbecued ribs cooked with a delectable BBQ sauce served with potato salad and collard greens; Smothered Pork Chops served with Yellow Rice, Black Eye Peas and Cabbage; Tomato and corn salad topped with fried okra; Jumbo shrimp stuffed with crab meat and wrapped in bacon over grits infused with crumbled bacon; and Fried Chicken with baked macaroni and cheese and collard greens.
Packing a flavorful punch in every bite, The Pink Tea Cup’s lunch menu includes a wide variety of juicy burgers, sandwiches, entrees and fresh tasty salads including “B-Mo Style” crab cakes; Fried catfish Po’ Boys served with “Fries-N-Slaw”; Turkey Meatloaf with smothered onions and garlic mashed potatoes; “95 South” chopped BBQ sandwich on toasted cornbread and Spinach and grilled salmon salad, among other selections.
The vibrant breakfast menu offers all-time favorites including Salmon Croquettes, Sirloin Steak, or Fried Fish with a choice of Grits,Home fries and Eggs; Fried Chicken and Butter Pecan Waffles with homemade Pecan syrup; Southern Buttermilk French toast; Miss Daisy’s poached eggs on a warm biscuit with honey peppered ham topped with BBQ Hollandaise sauce; a selection of seasonal fruit; yogurt w/ granola and fresh berries and down-home side offerings such as Turkey Bacon, Sage Sausage, Crispy Chitterlings, Pork Bacon, fluffy pancakes of several varieties including its new sweet potato pancake.
In addition to The Pink Tea Cup’s signature sweet tea previously served at the restaurant, a wide selection of wine, specialty beer, signature cocktails and other alcoholic beverages will now be available from its full-service bar featuring the famous mixologist Eric Gonzales as bar manager and cocktail specialist. Those visiting the bar for a great cocktail and good company will be delighted this season with its fresh summer drinks.
Located in a strikingly larger venue accommodating 112 people, the 2,000 square foot space features a full service bar and a stage where guests will enjoy an ongoing variety of live performances. With inviting earth tones, exposed brick and dark mahogany tables complemented with comfortable seating, unique lighting and new, sleek plating and flatware, the Pink Tea Cup’s new location provides a soulfully-sophisticated and welcoming experience to guests.
The Pink Tea Cup will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week:
Monday – Wednesday 9:00 AM – 2:00 AM
Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 AM
Sunday: 9:00 AM – 2:00 AM
Brunch: Saturday, Sunday 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
For more information on the Pink Tea Cup Restaurant please visit: www.thepinkteacuprestaurant.com
· Soul Food Spot the Pink Tea Cup to Close After 55 Years [~ENY~]