Tapas and rock & roll share some surprising similarities -- both are composed of short, exciting bursts, both can suffer from too much cheese, and both frequently lead to your pants being way too tight. Seizing upon their complementary nature: No Fun.
Taking their name from both a sign the previous tenant kept outside that simply read "Fun", and a Stooges song, the group of LES vets (Pianos, Motor City, Mikey's Burger) behind NF's cultivated a rock-meets-tapas vibe via a leather banquette-flanked dance floor in the back, and a bar up front featuring a photo of Iggy Pop & lights snagged from an old submarine, for that authentic dive-y feel.
Med-Moroccan small plates'll include seafood-packed paella w/ fried peppers, truffled toast w/ butter, bacon & mozz, beef-and-foie sliders, and specials ranging from oysters topped w/ wasabi tobiko and sliced tuna, to a 16oz strip Steak & Egg for Two, which at non-tapas restaurants is called Steak & Egg.
While they won't be doing live music, after midnight ('til 4a) the vibe'll turn to LES party rocking, fueled by DJs all up in the booth, pitchers of sangria, still-in-the-works original 'tails, and a 12-tap/30-bottle brew program heavy on both Belgians and locals, so it's more than just a tourist Trappist.
And because partying until 4a requires next-day grubbing, but not, like, all early and stuff, they're planning to launch a late brunch loaded with tempura-battered poached eggs, and chopped steak with wine reduction, which neither rock & roll nor tapas restaurants believe in.
Published: October 13, 2011 at 4:00am EDT
161 Ludlow St
New York, NY 10002
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