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What's up with The Trilby at the Cooper Square Hotel?

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February 28, 2011 at 2:01 PM | by | ()

Third time's a charm? The seemingly cursed restaurant space at the Cooper Square Hotel—RIP Faustina and Table 8—welcomed its chapeau-inspired food-and-bev concept this Friday, and the early word on The Trilby is already trickling in. Will the lack of a star chef make this effort any more successful than its Conant- and Armstrong-powered predecessors? Early signs may actually point to yes!

The Yelp word is generally positive, with a few, credible reviews generally liking the vibe and food, despite the slightly terrifying mural of a skeleton in a zoot suit that marks the front of the room. Says one reviewer:

Best it has looked since it opened 2 restaurants ago, maybe this lounge thing will work.

Urban Daddy reports that the spot is best as an intermezzo:

You’ll want to incorporate this spot as a before, after or in-between option for when you find yourself turned around in the Bowery. A place where you’ll order up the namesake cocktail (scotch, sweet vermouth and Parfait d’Amour), pair it with some Mini Short Rib Sandwiches and make yourself at home on a broken-in vintage couch for a few hours.

One under-reported upside here is that reservations are for hotel guests only; that's a major plus.

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