Here's another one for the fall tracking radar: Mary Queen of Scots, the new restaurant opening in the old Allen & Delancey space on 115 Allen St. After the long troubled Allen & Delancey closed in March, a number of operators were said to be eyeing the space, including Michael Huynh and Matt Shendell. But the ultimate takers were the guys from newish West Village Scottish bar and pub Highlands. Now, two months after their Community Board 3 approval, they've gutted the gorgeous (correction, not AvroKO-designed) space and started prepping for the mid-October debut.
Co-owner Brian McGrory tells Eater that the layout here will be slightly different, with a 45 seat dining room in the front by the window (where the bar used to be), a bar where A&D's front dining room once sat, and a back dining room behind it.
As for the vibe, they describe it as "Vivienne Westwood meets the Sex Pistols meets a touch of classic Scottish Royalty." In fact, they are working with Scottish designers who have done textiles for Westwood and the late Alexander McQueen to work on the wall coverings (see above) and hope to give it a "more traditional Scottish feel...with a touch of Downtown LES."
As for the food, chef Will Hickox will try to walk the line between Scottish and French food. Here's what they have so far:
Angus Beef Burger 16
Brioche Bun, Berkshire pork, Maisey's farmhouse cheddar, hand cut chips
Loch Duart Salmon 19
Sauteed arugula, beet chutney, squash gratin
Giha Halibut Papiote 23 ( Giha clean water halibut from Scotland)
Fingerling potatoes, cured lemon, confit tomatoes
Roasted Pumpkin Soup 8
Dunshyre blue croustini, walnut pistou, shaved fennel
Pan Seared Skate Wing 18
Brown butter, caper, and lemon sauce, mustard mash,
Like Highlands, there will be an extensive Scotch list, but also cocktails (many made, obs, with Scotch) and a list of French wine.
· Highlands Team Wins Approval for Allen & Delancey Space [~ENY~]