Commerce

commerceI was drawn to the space at first sight. (It really is just a nice looking pricey restaurant with a bar) Then later I found out why this place seemed to exude so much character; it had a past. It was originally a speakeasy named Blue Mill Tavern, which stayed opened for 5o years, then it was named Grange Hall, a beloved neighborhood hangout. Now it´s just Commerce (as in selling pricey pasta to a trendy crowd) yet you actually can come and enjoy a drink at the bar. The service is amicable and the the crowd is surprisingly relaxed.

Hours: Mon-Thu, 5:30pm-11pm; Fri-Sat, 5:30pm-11:30pm; Sun, 1pm-9:30pm

50 Commerce St., nr. Bedford St, NY 10014   212-524-2301

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