Spitzer’s Corner captures the essence of a true European gastropub, with a LES spin. The bar and restaurant is named after the former 50-year-old dress shop previously occupied by the prime corner space. Owners and brother-duo Will and Rob Shamlian have created seven establishments between Los Angeles and New York, including nearby Fat Baby and Dark Room.
To capitalize on the vast amount of frontage the space, Spitzer’s Corner has floor-to-ceiling retractable windows, which fold up to provide an open-air feeling. They hired New York-based architects Asfourguzy (the team behind the Blue Ribbon restaurants) to create a space lined with wood from salvaged pickle barrels, floors made from reclaimed wood, and a long 25-seat bar that will feature a raw bar display. During the warmer months, Spitzer’s will also offer the neighborhood 50 additional sidewalk seats, for enjoying one of the 40 import tap beers and microbrews with a bistro burger, or one of 15 wines by the glass with a selection of oysters from the raw bar.
The surprisingly unpretentious Spitzer’s Corner is set in a sparse room featuring a long bar, dark wooden tables and a prime view out onto always-happening Rivington Street.