New York sports franchises have given the city some timeless gifts.
And now, as the puck drops on the NHL playoffs, it’s the Rangers’ turn.
To unveil their new two-story pink townhouse restaurant in Tribeca.
You’ll call it Tiny’s and the Bar Upstairs, a precious little five-hole in the wall from the Warren 77 team (including Sean Avery and Henrik Lundqvist) that’ll handle intra-office lunch dates, fireside cocktail congregations and postgame Rangers locker room spillover, opening Friday and taking reservations now.
You know what they say: behind every good fuchsia window treatment and antiqued dollhouse of a restaurant is a battle-hardened athlete. So let’s just pretend we didn’t see this vintage flyspeck of a bar coming a mile away and address the essentials. Like the pickled beet and blue cheese Tiny’s Burger that’s topped with a fried egg.
In the afternoon, the wood-burning fireplace, tarnished copper fixtures and rusted two-tops set the scene for the type of lunch tryst that usually requires an HR waiver. In the evening, you’ll climb a set of stairs behind a metal net and establish your presence in a Masonic-themed marble bar with 10 beers on tap. And on game nights, well, there’s the off chance you’ll have to jockey for leather banquette space with a professional hockey player or two.
It’s always a good idea to yield to the guy missing his front teeth.