East Village: Here is a more complete look at Elsa, the East Village's newest cocktail lounge and the total makeover of former dive Hanger Bar. The owners' goals here: to be "elegant, sophisticated, and original" like the project's namesake, fashion world figure Elsa Schiaperalli. On the originality front: draught beers will be served out of an antique sewing machine, and the front half will be taken up by a boutique selling work of Jake Mueser, who will be creating bespoke men's suits. The opening night party is next Tuesday, so we'll find out then if they achieve the elegance and sophistication.
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