Visceralist Does: Cake Shop
Love or loathe him, Visceralist is back this week with his take on Cake Shop. Agree/disagree? Argue your case in the comments!
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152 Ludlow St. (btw Rivington & Stanton)
New York, NY 10002
Neighborhood– 1 hop + 1 skip away from famed LES nightspot Libation, whose velvet rope no Cake Shopper would make it past even if they gave it the bum’s rush in a bodysuit made of H1N1 & Lyme’s disease.
Bartender efficiency– the downstairs bar usually has two bartenders on busy nights, but there’s still a good chance you’ll be struggling to make eye contact and then reaching over a person or two to exchange unrolled dollar bills for booze. Your best bet: waving your arms wildly and screaming “Hey! Heyyyy!” until the needle on the (unpurchased) record skips and the whole place goes silent and everyone turns to glare at you.
Guy:girl ratio– one of the Real Housewives of NYC came here one time cuz she heard The Bravery were gonna do a secret MySpace show that was sponsored by Sparks & American Apparel. With photos by The Cobra Snake. Didn’t pan out…
What time people start showing up– well, they serve food here plus they sell records [ed. pssht], so folk dawdle in and loiter out basically throughout the day.