Eating & Drinking: Tuesday Edition

cityfile · 06/09/09 04:15PM

Danny Meyer's latest outpost, the concession stand in Central Park called Public Fare, officially opens its takeout window tomorrow. [Eater, GS]
• The paper is off the windows at the Standard Grill, the new resto inside Andre Balazs's Standard hotel. Grub Street snapped some pics through the glass. [GS]
Geoffrey Zakarian has had some trouble as of late, but he has two projects to look forward to: Lamb's Club at Vikram Chatwal's hotel on East 44th, which opens in September (with a bar by David Rabin and Will Regen); and he's also taking over The Emery Bar at The Benjamin hotel next year. [Crain's]
• A sneak peek at Charlie Palmer's new Aureole at One Bryant Park. [Eater]

Eating & Drinking: Monday Edition

cityfile · 03/30/09 02:41PM

• Monkey Bar doesn't open for another week—and good luck getting it once it does—but The Feed nabbed a copy of the menu at a friends-and-family dinner on Friday night. You know, just in case you're interested to see what Graydon Carter's friends will be eating for the next few months. [TONY]
• For its part, Eater has a sketch of where the important and not-quite-as-important will be seated once Monkey Bar opens. [Eater]
• A Shake Shack does not appear to be destined for Central Park, alas. [GS]
• Shake Shack is, however, open at Citi Field, and served up people who attended the Georgetown-St. John's game yesterday. [NYM, NYDN]
• A fire will keep David Rabin's Los Dados closed for at least a week. [Eater]
• In this week's issue of New York, Adam Platt gives Chelsea's Txikito and the Flatiron district's Bar Breton one star apiece. [NYM]
• Bob Lape is signing off after more than 20 years of food reviews. [Crain's]
• It was six years ago today that the smoking ban went into effect, FYI. [EVG]

David Rabin

cityfile · 02/03/08 09:40PM

New York nightlife baron David Rabin is the owner of a handful of bars, clubs, and restaurants including Union Bar, Double Seven, Los Dados, and the now-shuttered Lotus. He's also the president of the New York Nightlife Association.


Gawker · 04/30/03 09:15AM

Jimmy Rodriguez, owner of Jimmy's Downtown (and Uptown) is feuding with Lotus owner David Rabin. Rodriguez charges that Lotus' exclusivity is responsible for it's financial losses and is technically illegal: "When you have a liquor license, you can�t choose who comes inside. The law says if you have a liquor license, you can�t discriminate. Is a person who wears a suit different than someone who wears a pair of jeans? In a day and age when some businesses are down 40 percent, we have some who are practicing this discrimination."
Rabin v. Rodriguez [Observer]

David Rabin

Gawker · 04/02/03 09:09AM

Lotus owner (and President of the New York Night Life Association) David Rabin responds to the New York Press, who ranked him #25 on their "Most Loathsome New Yorkers" list: "I work too fucking hard for some half-baked 'journalists,' who not only can't outdance me, they can neither out-think nor out-write me, to take potshots at me." Rabin also points out that, for the record, he does not have a flat ass.
#25 and climbing [NY Press]


Gawker · 01/22/03 09:01AM

Beauty Bar and Barmacy owner Paul Devitt is opening a new club in Chelsea called Aquarium on West 29th between 10th and 11th. The club will contain massive aquariums that will contain both sea-life and humans. Lotus owner David Rabin points out that the original Limelight in Atlanta had a shark tank underneath the see-through dance floor.
The transom: nodding with the fish [Observer]

Meatpacking district: the last frontier

Gawker · 12/11/02 02:04PM

Manhattan developer Steven Touhey has proposed to build a 32-story luxury building in the middle of the meatpacking district. Lotus owner, David Rabin, in response, whines about gentrification, complaining that there would be no place left in Manhattan "to go out." You know, besides the rest of Manhattan.
The Last Frontier? [Observer]

No dancing in New York

Gawker · 12/01/02 09:16AM

Centro-Fly co-owner, David Baxley, on the antiquated cabaret law that prevents unlicensed bars and clubs from allowing patrons to dance:
"The cabaret law itself is absurd. It's totalitarian. Two years ago the only places it was illegal to dance were Manhattan and Afghanistan. And now you can dance in Afghanistan,"
Lotus is zoned for the cabaret laws and most of its competitors aren't. Lotus owner, David Rabin, in keeping with the Unfair-Rules-Are-Okay-As-Long-As-They-Benefit-Me code of ethics so popular with a number of minor third-world dictators, the occasional former national security advisor, and a not-insignificant number of Fortune 50 CEOs, supports them.
Not that it matters. Lotus isn't profitable and you can smell the desperation (and the b-list social climbers) for miles. It's O-Ver.
The Safety Dance [Village Voice]