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Alphabet City fixture Baraza has been transformed into a soft-spoken hideaway with Minetta Tavern–style venetian blinds in the window. As it so happens, the man behind the bar, Greg Seider, helped create Minetta’s much lauded drink list, and before that he made drinks for Mercer Kitchen, the Box, and Lot 61. Seider has teamed with a fellow Mercer Kitchen alum, Hamid Rashidzada (who also has a hand in Esperanto, down the street). To make sure the cocktails aren’t compromised by crowds, the narrow bar plans to limit capacity to 60 (anyone who’s turned away will receive a text when space opens up), and on weekends the door will be tightened after 2am or so. Even so, keeping up with demand may prove tricky at first, since certain herbs are still growing on Seider’s rooftop garden and since he’s still working on sourcing other ingredients such as the edible Ecuadoran rose petals that Ferran Adria favors. The food program, which currently consists of charcuterie and cheese from Murray’s, will also grow. During the winter, the small back patio will be heated and tented, and come summer, there’ll be a communal-style brunch, barbecues featuring some of the duo’s chef friends, and, get this, an “employees-only” Jacuzzi.Cocktails
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Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.