Magazine article The New Yorker

Food & Drink

Magazine article The New Yorker

Food & Drink

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FOOD & DRINK

BAR TAB

TROPICAL 128

128 Elizabeth St. (212-925-8219)

"I can't recalled how many buttcheeks and fronts I rubbed," a "FAN" of Tropical 128 wrote on Yelp, about a January evening at the establishment. Some of those cheeks belonged to "hot chicks which was okay I guess." Other cheeks impressed him less. For fourteen years, the place has been a haven for low-key drinkers and near-dawn gyrators; a few months ago, Dave Delzio (knuckle tattoos: "HARD," "LOOK"), who owned the late music venue Tammany Hall, took it over, with a partner. When it's not jumping, the bar evokes a Rainforest Cafe post-zombie apocalypse (cloudy fish tank, drooping plants, crooked dolphin painting). Delzio explained via e-mail that they'd given the place a "cosmetic facelift"; a downstairs lounge with "a private feel" is nearly complete. …

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