Openings: Ascent Lounge, Cellar 335, Gordo’s Cantina, B2 Harlem

September 15, 2016 12:19 pm Last Updated: March 8, 2018 5:23 pm

Ascent Lounge

Located on the fourth floor of Time Warner Center, Ascent Lounge is the latest concept by husband and wife team Brian and Carrie Packin.

With views of Central Park and Columbus Circle, the 5,500-square-foot space offers a sophisticated setting for cocktails as well as private events.

Cocktails range from the seasonal, like the Ginger Mint Mojito; to “wanderlust cocktails” inspired by beach vibes, with tequila, rum, or mezcal as the base; to twists on classics, such as the Manhattan Mule, made with bourbon. Small plates such as Miso Lobster Rolls and Marinated New Zealand Lamb Lollipops complement the cocktails.

Time Warner Center
10 Columbus Circle, 4th Floor

Cellar 335

Asian Style Hummus. (Courtesy of Cellar 335)
Asian Style Hummus. (Courtesy of Cellar 335)

At Cellar 335, chef and owner Jamie Knott (who owns Saddle River Inn, in Saddle River, New Jersey) pairs Asian-influenced American fare with tiki cocktails. The food menu offers dishes such as Crack Fries (with Nueske’s bacon, scallion, and cheese sauce) and Korean Style Wings in either spicy maple chipotle or lime soy garlic.

The cocktails are from mixology duo Joshua Fossitt and Guillermo Bravo (The NoMad, Featherweight, and Weather Up). Examples are the Thick With Thieves (Damoiseau 110 rum, Plantation Barbados rum, gardenia, Velvet Falernum, orange, and lime), and The Fightin’ Five (Sombra mezcal, Ancho Reyes, orgeat, lemon, and cayenne).

Open Tuesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

335 Newark Ave. (between Fourth and Fifth streets)
Jersey City, N.J.

Gordo’s Cantina

El Chapo Danger Dog. (Courtesy of Gordo's Cantina)
El Chapo Danger Dog. (Courtesy of Gordo’s Cantina)

After incarnations as a pop-up at events such as Hester Street Fair and the HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival, Gordo’s Cantina opens a brick-and-mortar location in Long Island City on Sept. 21. It focuses on the traditional street food of Mexico.

Open daily from 11 a.m. to midnight.

24-11 Queens Plaza North
Long Island City, Queens

B2 Harlem

(Courtesy of B2 Harlem)
(Courtesy of B2 Harlem)

Seafood restaurant B2 Harlem is now open, with executive chef John Creger at the helm. The upscale casual restaurant will offer a small-batch cocktail program.

271 W. 119th St. (between Frederick Douglass Boulevard & St. Nicholas Avenue)

Harlem Shake

(Courtesy of Harlem Shake)
(Courtesy of Harlem Shake)

Burger and milkshake spot Harlem Shake has opened a second outpost in East Harlem. Dishes specific to the new location include the Pulled Pernil Sandwich with sour orange mojo, refried black beans, and chipotle mayo; Frita Cubana, a seasoned pork and beef patty topped with shoestring fries; and Tostones, served with mojo and chipotle dips.

Open daily from 8 a.m.

2162 Second Ave. (at East 111th Street)
East Harlem