Mon-Thu, 11:30am-midnight; Fri, 11:30am-1am; Sat, 11am-1am; Sun, 11am-11pm
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At previous positions at Employees Only and Dogmatic Dogs, Jeremy Spector trafficked in cocktail cuisine and haute fast food. Now in new East Village digs, the chef-owner is focusing on sharable portions of eclectic comfort food—served, in some cases, in teacups inherited from the previous occupant, the neo-Korean Persimmon. A selection includes chicken liver mousse and steak tartare; small plates range from salt-roasted beets to fried oysters; and transplanted Canadians and Texans alike can find flavors of home in dishes like seasonal duck-confit poutine and hearty rib-eye (which, says Spector, is also big in Oklahoma, where he grew up). Where there once was a single communal table, there’s now room for 35 at a banquette, a counter, and a newly built bar.