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Over the last few years, a number of restaurants have called the corner space at 225 Varick Street home, but we have a feeling the spot’s newest resident, Clarkson, is here to stay. Especially considering the dream team behind this newest eatery.
The retro inspired space is the latest bistro from Georges Forgeois (who also owns Café Noir and Cercle Rouge). He teamed up with Executive Chef Rebecca Weitzman (who spent time at ‘inoteca) to offer traditional entrees (think braised short ribs and seared scallops) and share plates, in addition to a raw bar with a selection of clams, crab claws, prawns, lobster and oysters (which are only $1 each during happy hour!).
Employee’s Only founder Dushan Zaric is responsible for the inventive cocktail menu, and you can sip his specialties at a large horseshoe-shaped mahogany bar in the center of the dining room. Signature drinks run between 13 and 14 dollars, and there are more than 10 eclectic offerings to choose from. Our favorites included the French Intervention (made with tequila Cabeza, housemade chamomile cordial, Aperol, lime juice and ruby red grapefruit juice) and the New York Sour (bourbon shaken with lemon juice and simple syrup served on the rocks with a float of dry red wine), to name a few.
As for decor, you’ll find plenty of colorful vintage travel posters adorning the walls, along with dark wood chairs, green linoleum tabletops, and antiques from 1940s-era travelers’ clubs, hotels and restaurants from across the world. Large glass windows fill the 100-seat room with natural light, making it an enjoyable brunch spot as well, complete with live music on Sundays. —CASSIE KREITNER
Clarkson | 225 Varick St. (at Clarkson St.) | 212-675-2474