Ludlow Manor, the recently opened three story mega complex by Georgie Saville and Luc Carl, hasn't gotten off to the best start. For one, they built a three story bar but only got a liquor license for the first floor. Second, the community hates the entire project. Now the New York Times weekly Boîte column, usually a by the numbers primer on new nightlife venues that opened in the last six months, drops an anvil on the place, calling Ludlow Manor "a regurgitation of trends, none fully digested and none palatable." If that wasn't bad enough, they call the design as "glowing with ghastly neon blue . . . as if airdropped from Fort Lauderdale, Fla," and a crowd of "cronies of the owners and night life regulars reined in by promoters." As if that wasn't bad enough, the Times concludes "one could imagine the place failing spectacularly and being swallowed back into the earth." When the Styles section says this about your bar, you know you have problems.
by Scott Solish