Vasmay Lounge

Remembering Meow Mix on the 25th Anniversary of ‘Chasing Amy’

Posted April 8, 2022 at 5:10 am

This week marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of Chasing Amy, the third film in Kevin Smith’s Jay and Silent Bob canon. So, it’s only fitting that we exhume the history of a brief bar scene in the film. Before area hangs Vasmay Lounge, Local 269, Suffolk Arms, and now, The Mayfly, each planted a flag, there was […]

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Cocktail Lounge Eyes Former ‘Suffolk Arms’ on East Houston

Last modified September 12, 2018 at 12:46 pm

Dead and buried for five months, the former home of Suffolk Arms is again under consideration. An as-yet-named restaurant-slash-cocktail bar is on the Community Board 3 docket this month for full liquor license approval. According to paperwork filed, the potential proprietors of the new establishment – Antonio Martinez, Awilda Martinez, and Rachel Bocatto (269 Bar […]

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Former PKNY Bartender is Bringing ‘Suffolk Arms’ to 269 East Houston This Fall

Posted September 10, 2014 at 6:02 am

Where Meow Mix, Vasmay Lounge, and the Local 269 once ruled, another bar hopes to make a dent. Enter Suffolk Arms, the new project by Guiseppe Gonzalez, former bartender of many Lower East Side bars (PKNY, Golden Cadillac). Suffolk Arms will boast an “English pub exterior” with a distinct “New York feel inside.” Whatever that […]

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269 East Houston Hits Market for $9.95 Million

Posted September 13, 2012 at 6:48 am

Constant roadwork and headaches be damned, the current owners of 269 East Houston are looking to sell right now.

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Peri to Open at Former Essex Ale House

Posted January 4, 2011 at 6:18 am

Two weeks ago, black trash bags were taped to the windows of the old Essex Ale House at 179 Essex Street, no doubt signaling the arrival of a new nightlife establishment.  Truth.  And now the January SLA docket reveals some clues of the latest tenant to give a go at this cursed real estate. The […]

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Das Racist Downtown

Last modified November 28, 2021 at 7:15 am

From the goofy to the poignant, Das Racist – comprised of Himanshu Suri, Victor Vazquez, and Ashok Kondabolu – covers a lot of ground in their music. We’ve been fans of this band from the get-go – from “Combination Pizza Hut/Taco Bell” to the crazy new “Fashion Party” jam featuring Chairlift. So we were no doubt […]

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Essex Ale House is Closed (Again)

Posted June 28, 2010 at 6:26 am

Essex Ale House has had a rough-and-tumble life at the corner of East Houston and Essex Street. Not long after the demise of 12″ Bar in 2006, 179 Essex was reborn as the Essex Ale House, offering a unique selection of craft and Belgian beers at reasonable prices.  But all that changed little more than […]

Vasmay Vanishes

Posted August 26, 2008 at 9:29 am

[269 E. Houston, at Suffolk] Strolling along E. Houston the other night, I noticed the notable LES dive Vasmay Lounge was dark. The gates were drawn and those abominable “Store for Rent” signs plagued the musty windows. I returned in daylight to read the always-confusing DOB work permits. If I deciphered the construction-speak properly, those […]