Friday, August 28, 2015

Oysters coming to the former Bourgeois Pig space on East 7th Street

We'll continue to look at some of the applicants on CB3's SLA committee meeting for September.

There's a new applicant looking to take over the former Bourgeois Pig space at 111 E. Seventh St. between Avenue A and First Avenue. According to paperwork (here's the PDF) at the CB3 website, Joseph Marazzo, who owns Virgola over on Greenwich Avenue, is opening a second location of his oyster-and-Italian-wine bar here. He is seeking a beer and wine license.

The questionnaire on file at CB3 shows daily hours of 11 a.m. to midnight ... with room for eight tables (seating 29) and a bar for 17 patrons. The paperwork includes a sample menu for Virgola...

Marazzo told DNAinfo that the East Village location will have the same vibe as the original — "with a dimly lit, black interior similar to the Greenwich Avenue bar and a new steel bar."

"It’s dark and sexy, more of an aphrodisiac style of an oyster bar," he said.

Virgola will have some oyster competition here, as Desnuda is across the street ... not to mention Good Night Sonny, which recently opened on First Avenue and St. Mark's Place.

The Bourgeois Pig closed for good in late January, moving to a new location on MacDougal Street. As Eater reported back in November, a rent increase was behind the 10-year-old bar's East Village departure.

The SLA meeting is at the CB3 office, 59 E. Fourth St. between Second Avenue and the Bowery.


  1. Eating oysters, ceviche, crudo etc. in a dark bar is so unappealing. Another business taking aim at dumb youths who'se only hobbies outside of their work and gym is brunching, eating, and drinking.

  2. Not into his idea of a "sleek and sexy" space, or the rest of the menu, but $1 oysters at all times is a good look!

  3. There's more to life then eating and drinking? Oh right, whining.

  4. I've been to the West Village Virgola location and it's great. The oysters and seafood selections are fresh and enhanced by the wine. So glad that Virgola is opening another -- and even bigger -- location.
    By the way, I'm not a dumb youth. I'm a NY'r who enjoys good food and good drink in a place that doesn't have a cookie cutter look to it.

  5. I agree, Virgola is great. Went to the WV one and had delicious oysters and great service--I think we were served by the owner. And more dollar oysters are always welcome in the neighborhood! I also love the $12 oyster/beer special at Upstate...

  6. @ 4:54 AM Stop Whining


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