Mess Around Downtown: May 15, 2010

85 West Martini

Martini's at 85 West Sports Bar & Lounge

Welcome back to Mess Around Downtown!

Summer is on its way, Downtowners, and new retailers are sprouting up everywhere. The crop this week offers a nice array of businesses that can do one of the following things for you:  sell you a bottle (or case) of wine, cook you a fancy French meal, give you a Swedish massage or provide you with a pool table and beer for you while watch some sports.  Below are new establishments that have moved into the neighborhood in the last couple of weeks. Read on for a sneak peak at what’s moving into the neighborhood this summer. You can find anything you need with our handy Downtown Directory. Don’t be afraid to email me at tre@downtownny.com. Thanks.

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Royal Wine Merchants – 13 South William Street: 212-689-4855

This time-tested NYC wine seller is proud to now call Downtown home. You’ll feel like you’re walking into a modern cellar with the store’s dark woodwork and wine lining the walls. The people at Royal love wine from all over the world and have cultivated relationships with small growers and sellers throughout Europe. With a dynamic selection to choose from you can stop by to pick up a bottle for $10, $100 or anywhere in between.

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Plein Sud – 85 West Broadway: 212-204-5555

Feast your eyes on this menu before you reserve a table at Plein Sud. I’ve got my eyes on Le Burger Royale. Ooh la la it’s stuffed with cheese and served with black truffle aioli! This beautifully designed restaurant is located at the Smyth Tribeca and named for a region in southern France. Chef Ed Cotton is serving up all three meals everyday and brunchy goodness on the weekends.

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Black Label – 43 Exchange Place: 212-425-3033

Formerly known as Salon 25, this spa gave itself a makeover and moved across the street. No worries though, they’ll still do your hair, and their sister Salon 25 at 111 John Street remains unchanged. Black Label is a big and elegant space with an expanded menu of services. Hot stone therapy, acupuncture, multiple massage modalities, tanning, eyelash perms and spa parties are but a mere sampling of the ways Black Label can help you look and feel your finest.

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85 West Sports Bar & Grill85 West Street: 212-266-6128

Nothing new here  except for the bigger and better space this Marriott Financial Center staple moved into within the hotel. And 85 has expanded its offerings along with its square footage. So, whether you’re a local Downtowner or just staying at the Marriott, you are welcome to stop in for breakfast seven days a week, munch on sushi and salad for lunch or enjoy a $4 Brooklyn Lager draft anytime. The front bar section has a loungey feel with a cool red pool table and couches to hang on. Big screen projectors and flatscreens are spread throughout for all your sports watching endeavors. Open until midnight during the week and 1am on the weekends.

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Coming Soon Sneak Peak

-The pasta wars are coming to Downtown with a Hello Pasta at 125 Maiden Lane.

Watch out for the 13,000 square foot Fetch Club filled with partying pooches coming to 85 South Street.

Fast foodies of Lower Manhattan are getting ready for a new Five Guys Burger & Fries to open on Fulton Street.

The W New York at 123 Washington, set to open this summer, is bringing along the much anticipated BLT Bar & Grill.

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Vacancy Alert

Roy’s New York at 85 West Street has closed.

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As always, thank you for being on the lookout and please continue to send any changes you come across to tre@downtownny.com

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