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West Village Piano Bar Marie’s Crisis to Reopen Next Week in Spite of Impending Shutdown

Plus, a look inside Brooklyn’s new Anti-Conquest bakery — and more intel

A striped red and white awning hangs over a New York City sidewalk as two people walk underneath it wearing sweatshirts and masks
The front of Marie’s Crisis on December 2, 2020
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Marie’s Crisis will reopen for indoor performances next week

More than eight months after temporarily closing its doors, beloved Broadway bar Marie’s Crisis is set to reopen for indoor performances next week. Only 15 customers will be allowed inside the bar when it opens on Monday, December 8, the first time it’s invited customers indoors since March. Time Out first reported news of the reopening.

The storied West Village bar temporarily closed its doors due to the pandemic shutdown in March and began streaming its piano concerts virtually from a Facebook group shortly after. When the bar reopens at 25 percent capacity next week, several safety precautions will be in place, including socially distant tables, plexiglass barriers, temperature checks, and contract tracing, according to Time Out. Even with those precautions, though, it’s not clear whether viewing indoor musical performances is safe at this time.

Early studies of coronavirus suggest that sustained talking — especially at high decibels — is one way that the virus can spread indoors. Per the latest guidelines from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, performers in New York City must remain at least 12 feet apart from customers, an obvious difficulty for restaurants and bars with smaller indoor seating areas. Those plans also hinge on restaurants being able to stay open for indoor service, which Mayor Bill de Blasio said last month could end in as little as a “week or two.”

Marie’s Crisis will be open for indoor seating from 4 to 10 p.m. on weekdays and from 1 to 10 p.m. on weekends.

In other news

— Waroeng is headed to Lower East Side food hall the Market Line on December 12. The group’s third pop-up will focus on Portuguese cooking, with tickets for a four-course dinner running at $125 for in-person dining and $140 for delivery.

— Snug Soho restaurant King has several new developments for the rest of the year, including the launch of a wine club, a weekend takeout window serving raclette and hot chocolate, and an online store selling gift boxes.

New York Times critic Pete Wells visits Ayat, an “intoxicating” new Palestinian restaurant that opened its doors in Bay Ridge in October.

— Grub Street steps inside Anti-Conquest bakery, a new source for loaves of sourdough and milk bread in Brooklyn.

— Crown Heights creole restaurant Catfish, which was previously reported as closed, has reopened at the same location.

— In an interview with WNBC this week, Dr. Anthony Fauci predicted Broadway could reopen by fall 2021 if enough New Yorkers get vaccinated for COVID-19 in the spring.

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