Sam Horine, 9/15/08
The stunner you see here is Double Crown, the latest AvroKO project and their first ownership venture since they opened Public and its Monday Room a few years ago. It opens to the public tonight. Per usual, we have the soft lighting, the exposed brick, the intricate and dark woodwork, some important detailing, and a definite vintage feel. Connected next door, they're opening Madame Geneva, a similarly themed bar. Team AvroKO had over a week of friends and family dinners and a media preview last night, so here's hoping they've worked out the usual kinks.
As for the food, chef Brad Farmerie is focusing not on his native Australia, but instead on the Britain's influence on Asian countries including India, Singapore, and China. We'll see how the new fusion concept flies with the New York foodie crowd. Stay tuned for the early reports from the 'Hounders and the requisite filed reviews from just about every critic, professional and otherwise, in the city.