Schapiro’s to Soft Open This Weekend at 120 Rivington Street

Posted on: May 30th, 2013 at 5:30 am by
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The road was long and winding, but it led right to 120 Rivington. After two years planning etc., Schapiro’s is ready to rock n roll. Not the pioneering wine company of same, but the bar restaurant that seems to evoke its history.

This iteration of Schapiro’s, situated in the former Festival Mexicano, is a power play by established Lower East Side restaurateurs. Antibes Bistro proprietors David Shemesh and Eyal Tov (who also runs Falafel Shop across the way) are behind this latest Lower East Side effort.

Plastic window shades were deposed last weekend to reveal the new interior. We’ll call it “antique al fresco.” Design actually evokes the feeling of dining and drinking in a warehouse of sorts. Lights are strung across the room, there’s ample light from a skylight, and a wall of printing press letters.

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Management tells us that the soft open is this weekend in order to test everything out. Official launch, however, is likely sometime in July. But until then, there will be a specialty cocktails program (designed by Death + Company owners) and dinner service until late. Cuisine is dubbed as “American with a Jewish/Eastern European twist.”

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