Bar Basque At the Eventi Hotel Is No More
We remember our first time checking out the second-floor restaurant lounge known as Bar Basque inside the Eventi Hotel, and thinking, 'Boy, that's a lot of red.' But despite its other winning features (the Big Screen visible from inside the bar, the delicious tapas, the weekly jazz nights), the venue simply wasn't able to keep up and has officially closed down for good, with very little word on what might be opening up there next.
It's not an easy life being a hotel restaurant in New York City, as The Nolitan and the ex-Cooper Square Hotel can bitterly attest to. Dining crowds can be fickle, and if a place doesn't rub them the right way, they'll drop it faster than an oven-roasted Yukon gold potato.
Though we don't remember there being anything particularly wrong with Bar Basque, then again, we did pay a visit there a month or two ago on a weeknight and found the entire place completely empty.
A front desk agent at the hotel confirmed that the space shuttered a little over a week ago, and while he couldn't give us any word on what will be opening—and when—in its stead, he did mention that the new place would probably function as a "more traditional" restaurant.
Knowing restaurant owners in Manhattan, this place isn't likely to stay empty for long, and we could even see them pulling something together within the next month or two. And this time, we won't be expecting anything too shockingly monochrome or futuristic. They've already learned their lesson on that front.