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Just beyond Tiny’s entryway cafe is a coffee bar with two bronze souvenir busts of John F. Kennedy. A Marlboro man poster hangs in the corridor that leads to the dining room. Aside from all the memorabilia, Abramcyk enlisted friends from the artist collective Still House to create fresh work for the space. Alex Perweiler painted the tiles that cover the floor in the front. Isaac Brest created an American flag installation for the main dining room walls, which have smoked mirror-filled window frames and a red freezer door. The chef John Martinez’s New American, Italian accented fare — bay scallop crostini with toasted walnuts and grilled mackerel with crunchy herb salad, for example — will be served on mismatched tables and chairs, a fireplace lit nearby.
Through a secret door you’ll find a stairwell, its walls covered in dead stock paper printed with eagles, cannons and railroads. This way leads to a room two flights up with framed constellation star charts from some bygone university. Private events will be held here, including an upcoming fund-raiser for Henry Chalfant hosted by Catherine Keener.
“Nothing is perfect, it’s all a little crooked,” Abramcyk says of the space he created to be an antidote to hard city living. “When I was in my 20s working on Wall Street, I needed a place where I would lose track of where I was — that would transport me,” he says. Tiny’s and the Bar Upstairs seem to have fulfilled his wishes.
Tiny’s and the Bar Upstairs
135 West Broadway
New York, N.Y. 10013
Monday through Friday: 11:30 a.m. -Midnight
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m.- 1 a.m.
Serving only lunch for first two weeks
Correction: April 16, 2011
An earlier version of the post mistakenly identified the restaurant, Employees Only, as closed.
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