Thursday, July 21, 2016

[Updated] Reader report: Former BARA space will serve Latin-American fare on East 1st Street

An East First Street tipster notes work in recent days at the former BARA space between First Avenue and Second Avenue...

The in-progress signage on the doors shows offerings such as empanadas, tacos and burritos — to dine in, take out or delivery ...and apparently the BARA team is behind the new venture, per the tipster.

BARA, a French/Japanese bar-restaurant that we happened to really like, closed after service on June 11. A sign on the door read, "BARA is permanently closed. Bummer, right?"

Updated 7/25

Turns out this will be a second outpost for Esperanto ... the mainstay on Avenue C and Ninth Street is expanding with the opening of Esperanto Fonda here, the Post reports.


Scuba Diva said...

I remember a French/Japanese place back in the 1980s named Café Seiyoken. Never went there, but they had great ads in Interview magazine.

Gojira said...

Seiyokan! Man, I'd forgotten all about that place - I went there several times in the 80s, before it closed, and it was quite the dining experience, especially in the New York of the day. Thanks, Scuba Diva, for the memory jog.