Kristin Vincent’s ‘Sel Rrose’ Oyster Bar Opens on the Bowery
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Since last summer, 173 Bowery (at Delancey) has been a construction zone for the newest neighborhood nightlife entrant. Kristin Vincent, the force behind Home Sweet Home and Fig 19 around the corner, cut the ribbon on her latest effort last week. It’s a seafood spot called Sel Rrose, but it’s still in soft-open mode. For the time being, the establishment is open Wednesday through Saturday nights and is only serving cocktails; the oyster component is coming soon.
According to Zagat, the name Sel Rrose derives from the female alter ego of French artist Marcel Duchamp, Rrose Sélavy. The moniker was apparently fashioned after his favorite phrase: “Eros, c’est la vie”; but it has the dual translation of “pink salt.” And for all you pirate speakers out there, yes, the second “r” is completely intentional.
The corners of the Bowery lighting district are tipping to nightlife (Nightlight District?): Lite Elite in the base of Sohotel is to become an offshoot of Harry’s Steak by Peter Poulakakos and Exclusive Lighting is now the Old Bowery Station event space.