While waiting for a table at Barrio Chino on Saturday (more on that another time), we stopped in to Allen & Delancey for a cocktail. We were surprised to find the restaurant closed – the bar was open for business, but food was not being served. We were told that the shuttered restaurant was not related to Allen & Delancey’s recent bankruptcy filing, but rather to a problem with the restaurant’s oven.
This seems like terrible timing for the restaurant, which unveiled new chef Ryan Skeen’s menu last week (the pig maestro himself was hanging out at the bar). Apparently, the restaurant was most likely going to be closed for the whole weekend, but we didn’t return on Sunday to assess the situation.
For our part, we contributed to the restaurant staying afloat with the purchase of a gin lemonade for my husband and a cucumber margarita for me (this drink is featured on Tequila Mondays at the restaurant). I love the “grown up” cocktails poured at Allen & Delancey and these drinks were no exception. I have had my qualms with Allen & Delancey, but I am rooting for the restaurant’s success – they are so close to getting the formula right.