‘Stanton Street Kitchen’ Reveals Itself in Former Moldy Fig Space

Posted on: April 18th, 2014 at 6:05 am by
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The Moldy Fig is has been closed for over two years, but its awning and neon sign remained in place. Until this week. Stanton Street Kitchen is happening, and it’s already planted a flag at 178 Stanton Street.

Last November, the latest in a string of applicants for this address obtained Community Board 3 approval for wine and beer. The venture is helmed by owner-chef Erik Blauberg (21 Club) and partner Jamie Keyte. Their self-described “unique dining and drinking experience” includes a seventy-seat dining room built in the “art deco styles of the 1920s in NYC.” Stanton Street Kitchen will offer American and fusion fare, paired with a deep selection of wines and craft beers. A wine and beer cellar (with chef’s table and lounge) is also part of the endgame, but this was not included in the resolution to the State Liquor Authority.

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Moldy Fig, circa June 2012

The restaurant wine license was filed with the SLA in March, and is still pending approval. So far, it seems to be for the ground level only. The wine cellar “speakeasy” remains a wild card.

Its predecessor Moldy Fig had opened with lots of promise three years ago. Yet the jazz room at 178 Stanton Street would not last through the next winter. By November of 2011, the venue abruptly shuttered after owner Charles Brown took ill. The premises was then seized by city Marshals and returned to the property owner.

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