Antibes Bistro quietly opened Schapiro's earlier this week, with a menu of craft cocktails and new-school spins on classic Jewish fare. Chef David Shemesh's lineup includes chicken liver and duck schmaltz, sexed up with the addition of foie gras (it's a decadent must-order). There's also "Not Your Grandma's Gefilte Fish," with latkes and Swiss chard, meatloaf, and a Romanian skirt steak.
The dim and stylish restaurant is named for the wine store that once occupied the digs (and later moved to Essex Street Market, until closing about five years ago, relates co-owner Eyal Tov) and whose mural is still visible from the street. Throwback Lower East Side paraphernalia went into the reclaimed decor, including letter press cubbies and molds from a former Delancey Street printer.
Drinks by David Kaplan and Alex Day of Death & Company include several punches, a Campari-fortified Pimm's cup, and cocktails like the Lush Life (Pueblo Viejo blanco tequila, strawberry tarragon shrub, lime juice, agave). Schapiro's is serving dinner and cocktails for now, with brunch and lunch coming soon. See our slideshow below.
120 Rivington Street, near Essex, New York