WEEKEND GUIDE: GRANDLIFE RECOMMENDS
This members-only bar restores our flagging faith in hidden, exclusive ‘secret’ bars. Bohemian, the Noho sister of a bar in the Nishiazabu district of Tokyo, is tucked into the back of a building that used to belong to Andy Warhol. To reach the front door, you pass through a hallway dubbed “Basquiat Road” (the artist died in his loft at this address). Once you’ve used your swipe key to get in (only 200 have been distributed), you’re in an apartment-like, low-ceilinged room containing just 25 plush seats, including a couple of couches and a six-seat yellow pine bar. Kiyo Shinoki, formerly the executive chef at Chanto, tells us Bohemian is more of a restaurant in the evening. He’ll serve a mix of American, French, and Japanese small plates (everything from a burger with homemade pickles to short rib sashimi), and then later in the night, until 2am, the space will take on a lounge vibe, with bossa nova, jazz, and Japanese music.
Opened in 1993, Decibel is a longtime staple for some and unknown to most. Located on the sub-level of the 9th St. stretch of “Little Tokyo,” there is little to notice aside from a teeny sign in front of a dark stairwell. This unassuming entry leads into a small, equally unassuming looking bar– better, a dimly lit dive bar occupied by three Japanese bartenders. A corridor toward the back leads you into a slightly larger bar-room (with space for tables). Within this subterranean lair, one can do well to find a very fine list of close to 100 sakes, and a complete food menu to accompany them. Taking note of the almost purely Japanese clientele should speak to the place’s authenticity, but it’s the je ne sais quoi that has made this place legendary.
Dior Homme have opened a pop-up store in SoHo this week at 133 Greene St, and will remain the sole Dior Homme boutique in New York until September 2012, while its flagship store at East 57th Street is closed for renovation and expansion. Stocking merchandise across all categories including ready-to-wear, footwear, eyewear, leather goods, watches, jewelry and fragrances, the luxe pop-up store also marries distinctly traditional elements with contemporary touches to reflect the timeless chic of Dior Homme. “In keeping with the contemporary construct of the space, Dior Homme creative director, Kris van Assche, selected a a subversive word piece by Scottish post-situationist artist, Robert Montgomery to display in the boutique.
Last month, Swedish artists Lykke Li, Peter Bjorn and John, and Miike Snow announced that they had joined forces to create a new powerhouse label, Ingrid. Born to bolster a space for unadulterated creativity, the collective did not waste time with their first production. On April 21, the label released Ingrid Volym 1, a compilation of work from all of its members. Each of the 15 tracks can be streamed now at their SoundCloud. Ingrid’s Tomas Nordmark will DJ tonight at the Tribeca Grand Hotel for the Damir Doma Pop Up Shop after-party event. Be sure to RSVP.
Midnight Magic & Das Racist are going to tear up the Church Bar on Saturday night with an Album launch and return to NY party, and on Monday night catch indie heroes, The Shins (with Chairlift) at Terminal 5.
Hester Street Fair, located in a beautiful park setting, was once home to New York City’s largest and oldest pushcart markets. With a mission to “sell quality goods and food, and to create a space that reflects the dynamic energy of the Lower East Side”, this is one street market that begs a weekly visit. Opening this weekend with a bevvy of exciting vendors and exhibits, as well as musical acts and culinary delights, we’re keen to meander lazily through after our nights out on the town. Located on the corner of Hester & Essex Streets.