New Tapas Restaurant And Cocktail Bar Making Its Way To Eldridge Street

The brain behind Mercato Rustico and Hiramasa is developing a new Mediterranean-inspired cocktail bar
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An exciting new tapas restaurant is currently getting ready to open up on the Upper East Side.

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Atelier is the latest restaurant concept to come from owner Michael Mroue. Mroue is a well-established restaurateur with years of experience in the industry, and is best known for his restaurants Mercato Rustico, Hiramasa, and Vicolina. Now, after years of successfully operating restaurants all across Manhattan, Mroue is once again gearing up to launch a brand new restaurant concept.

His latest project, Atelier, is envisioned as a Mediterranean “bar establishment that also serves small sharing plates,” and is currently expected to open up at 245 Eldridge Street, in between East Houston and Stanton Street. The restaurant is flanked on both sides by Lounge 247 and Bar Goto, in one of the city’s most popular neighborhoods for nightlife. The new bar concept will be relatively intimate, featuring no tables inside, instead offering a total of 15 seats around the central 24’4″ bar.

For the menu, you can expect to enjoy a wide array of Mediterranean small plates and tapas to share with your friends and loved ones. Sample items from the menu include Pimientos de Padron, Croquettas de Jamon, marinated olives, roasted eggplants, and Gambas al Ajilo. The star of the show though will be the beverage program, and the menu currently lists over 15 different cocktail options, including the Drift In with whiskey and Amaro, the Modern Cosmo with Rose Petal Gin, and the Pearls of Wisdom with tequila, Manzanilla Sherry, and Pearl Liqueur. In addition to the cocktails, Atelier will offer an impressive selection of wines by the glass to compliment the many shareable plates available.

Before he can move forward with development through, Mroue must first acquire the necessary liquor license with Atelier. He is currently getting ready to meet with the community board and is proposing operating hours of 5:00 PM – 2:00 AM every day, seven days a week. Unfortunately, Atelier is still too early into development to have its own social media presence, so you will just need to check back in for further updates as the story continues to break.

Jake Rogers

Jake Rogers is an author and playwright based out of Brooklyn, New York. A lively performer who is deeply passionate about history and literature, outside of his reporting he also produces short films and plays with his theatre troupe, the LSTC. He is currently producing a web series about a butterfly and moth who are roommates that will be released later in the year.
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