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Reviewed by: Fabiana Santana
The days of showgirls and supper clubs are celebrated at Bishop and Barons, a new West Village drinking/dinner den from Danny Kane (of now shuttered Chelsea club The Gates) and a pair of Employees Only and Macao Trading Co. alum. While the name comes from the gangland days of old time New York, the décor is slightly more rococo.
Patrick Fahey is responsible for the vintage supper club interior that sometimes feels like the inside of a showgirl’s dressing room. Zebra covered dining chairs and black tables are lined up against tufted leather banquettes. Red velvet curtains cover wall panels painted with body shadows and a proud peacock separates the dining room from the bar area. If you find yourself in the VIP room, you will be lounging on lots of red velvet and staring at your own private bartender, as well as vintage black-and-white framed pics of NYC and more zebra print – this time in the form of a rug.
Cocktail friendly fare (think East Coast oysters and lobster turnovers) complements Dushan Zaric (Employees Only) drinks menu that includes a White Negroni made with gin, Italian bitter sand lavender-infused white Vermouth and an Alexandria made with Pisco, Chamomile liqueur, fig puree and a sprig of rosemary.