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Update May 21, 2013- The customer flow to the new SouthWestNY has been a pleasant surprise for owner Abraham Merchant. People in town for site-seeing are flocking to the sunny outdoor decks. Mr. Merchant said, “We are pleased that our outdoor café is well received by our neighbors and businesses. We are getting a diverse crowd of New Yorkers that live & work downtown, as well as tourist visiting 9/11 memorial as well as lower Manhattan.”
March 30, 2013
The new outdoor seating was opened up with great reception. It seems to be a hit. Note the long lines.
We ate dinner tonight at the newly opened SouthWestNY and the restaurant was full with many large tables of families. The crowds ranged from local Battery Park residents, to Tribeca, to out of town tourists. Also, there were no signs of the old Gate House drunks that have been a concern.
November 19, 2012
Albany and South End Avenue, (212) 945-0528
We dined at the new SouthWestNY restaurant tonight. It will be open to the public later this week. We can report good news. This restaurant has greatly improved upon the old SouthWestNY.
Under the guidance of new chef Antelmo Ambrosio, the tacos were filled with either high quality beef strips, large shrimp, or pulled pork. The quesadillas were fresh and not too smashed or greasy as some can be. The New York strip steak served with asparagus was worthy of a steakhouse, and all of the items are affordable enough ($14 to $25) to make this a weekly dining out experience.
The interior design is well done by Wid Chapman & Associates, with natural rustic wood walls and heavy tables that don’t rock. The bar stocks custom draft beers and is similar to Blue Smoke or North End Grill. The exterior windows were replaced with opening doors, and the outdoor seating is a much better use of the space.
One problem that owner Abraham Merchant will have to prevent is the congregation of the old Gate House chronic alcoholic crew. Hopefully, they have all found new watering holes by now.
Update: November 7, 2012
The Merchants restaurant family sent a blast email today stating that the new SouthWest NY restaurant on Albany and South End Ave will “Open this month”. That seems a little ambitious after peeking inside, but hopefully they are on schedule.
August 27, 2012