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Monday 27 February 2006 9.55am
We went to the opening of Village East on Saturday night- it's a new bar/restaurant on Bermondsey Street from the people behind the Garrison.
I have to admit to a slight connection- my fiance works at the Garrison, however, neither of us have anything to gain by giving it a plug.
We really liked it and would definitely go back.
Its' got quite a New York feel to it, I guess hence the name.
Its nicely laid out with a really welcoming bar area with sofas up a staircase (non smoking so didn't linger too long there) and another bar as you go in leading round to a restaurant/bistro area at the back with the kitchen visible.
I think there's a private dining room somewhere too.
Can't comment on the food as we didn't eat.
I decided to get a bit more dressed up than usual but I think you go in jeans and still feel comfortable.
Anyway- we enjoyed it and will definitely go back- it was a nice change from the Garrison and Woolpack in that area.
Monday 27 February 2006 11.01am
I went on Sunday, and can definitely confirm the New Yorky vibe. House wine isn't as nice as at the Garrison, but the atmosphere was good and busy (esp for Sunday night) and we'll definitely be back to try the food...
Monday 27 February 2006 12.24pm
But just what is this "New York feel"/" New Yorky vibe" of which you speak?

East Village
Greenwich Village
Lower East Side
Jersey City

It's of crucial importance to know where Bermondey Street bars are is on the New York edginess-safely gentrified spectrum ; )
Monday 27 February 2006 12.48pm
well how about:
soho appearance, with a williamsburg dress code, a greenwich village service and food menu with drinks from alphabet city...
Monday 27 February 2006 1.29pm
fabhat wrote:
a williamsburg dress code,

I hope that just means old pairs of Converses for footwear rather than the full horror of trucker caps...

New York Arts Magazine - December 2005 wrote:
Nowhere in sight is the Williamsburg fascist-hipster dress code trucker hat trustfundarian gloating self-importance, the territorial guardedness and cliquey niche-jockeying of different artistic "scenes," the soul-choking patina of unchecked commercialism seeping into every nook and cranny of our physical space, the obnoxious Whole Foods yuppie-can-afford-to-buy-organic-food bobo perversion of environmentalism.

Monday 27 February 2006 1.38pm
I don't think I saw any pairs of old converses- in fact the table I was at sported 3 pairs of vertiginous stilettos. (On people, before any smart arses reply about tables wearing shoes!).
Never having visited Williamsburg, it put me in mind of SoHo NYC.
Anonymous User
Monday 27 February 2006 3.21pm
No one has asked the obvious question... do they sell cider?
Monday 27 February 2006 3.36pm
I can't afford to eat/drink in Bermondsey street (SoBo). For the meantime, will you people still allow me to jog along it early in the mornings before you resume turning Bermondsey into what you think New York is like?

Monday 27 February 2006 3.53pm
Noone is trying to turn Bermondsey into NYC!
This bar just had a nice New York-y vibe to it.
Considering that my local is a Wetherspoons, anywhere that does half decent wine is a bonus for me!
Monday 27 February 2006 4.09pm
does anyone remember when soho/covent garden uk and soho NYC did a swap? Entire streets (with the same name) swapped staff for a week or so...perhaps that's what someone has planned for bermondsey. Watch out for new york accents...
Harry - I don't think any of us can stop the gentrification - but it's important to test out the new places so they can be placed on the correct pretention level on the Berm on Sea cool scale surely?

note to Lang, Rabbie - I think even williamsburgers have stopped wearing trucker hats - paris hilton killed it (good thing too)
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