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Still Dry What Happens When Launches Prohibition Theme

Two weeks ago, the State Liquor Authority revoked the liquor license of What Happens When, John Fraser's restaurant installation on Cleveland Place. His item was taken off the agenda of last night's Community Board 2 meeting, but he will go before the SLA for a final hearing on the matter on June 22, so fingers crossed.

In the meantime, the restaurant has launched its latest (and hopefully not last) "movement." The theme this time around is, fittingly, Prohibition. The design looks similar to that of the previous movement, but the walls are covered in fake newspaper clippings, some featuring Fraser. They are serving mocktails, offering unfermented wine pairings, and encouraging patrons to drink at Mexican Radio, which is offering drink specials designed for WHW patrons, between courses. As for the cuisine, Fraser is serving "an elevated, updated 1920’s style menu" of his take on American classics. Think fruit cocktail, veal scallopini, prime rib au jus, and fried chicken, with desserts like devil's food cake and pineapple upside-down cake. The menu is below.

waldorf salad
apple, celery, walnut, butterheads

chilled tomato soup
basil, ricotta

beausoleil oyster, shrimp cocktail, baked

fruit cocktail
fig, hyssop, kentucky ham

black bass
artichokes, herb butter

summer squash gratin
eggplant, tomato, olives

fried chicken
kale, bacon gravy, lemon

veal scallopini
lemon, capers, arugula

prime rib
au jus, horseradish, watercress


$58 prix fixe
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What Happens When

25 Cleveland Place, New York, NY 10012 (212) 925-8310 Visit Website

What Happens When

25 Cleveland Pl., New York, 10012