Garment District vibes: Two new hotspots to celebrate

Last Monday, I attended the grand opening party for The Rag Trader and Bo Peep Cocktail & Highball Store. The restaurant and underground piano cocktail bar are located in the Garment District, and have a lot of character. They draw inspiration from the ‘40s and ‘50s, the glory days of the Garment District. The main floor showcases elements of an old garment factory with chandeliers and a long bar. I love the nostalgic signs and elegant decor throughout. The upstairs section has ample seating and a Street Taco truck that serves authentic Mexican street food. Down below, the intimate Bo Peep gives a nod to what was once a tailor’s fitting room. I love its plush red couches and nostalgic lamps. The venue’s cocktail menu has over 30 options sorted by intriguing categories.

So many exciting highlights took place at the event! A series of burlesque dancers performed in the main area. Specialty cocktails for the event included The Rag Trader, The Red Dawn, El Guapo, Le Nouveau Spritz, and Three Piece Suit. A Jazz singer and pianist performed vibrant tunes in Bo Peep. Lastly, guests enjoyed a multitude of small bites prepared by Executive Chef Justin Ottervanger ranging from pizza, fried oysters, fried chicken sliders, butternut squash soup, cheese burgers, and mushroom tartelettes. I really enjoy the variety that the venues offer!

The Rag Trader and Bo Peep Cocktail & Highball Store do a great job of bringing together nostalgic elements with great food. They’re conveniently located on 36th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, in the heart of the Garment District. Both are welcome additions to the area, paying homage to vibrant times. I can’t wait to go back!

Photo by: Gabi Porter

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