Brother Cleve-backed Lullaby opens in former Nitecap space on the LES

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A bar backed by a Boston cocktail legend heads to the basement at 115 Rivington Street off Essex Street on the Lower East Side. The address was most recently home to Nitecap, a now closed nighttime hangout of the team behind the popular Death & Co. cocktail bar nearby. Its new tenant, called Lullaby, is expected to open in early February.

The bar, by Harrison Snow and Jake Hodas, is opened in partnership with Brother Cleve, a Boston cocktail veteran whose unconventional name comes in part from a personality he assumed as a radio host in the New England town. After helping develop the opening menu, he now plans to mix drinks behind the bar at least once a month and DJ just as often.

Snow and Brother Cleve wanted to combine sophisticated cocktail making with the feel of a neighborhood dive. Their cocktail menu, most with names like “the tequila drink” or “the vodka drink,” comes with beer and shot combos ($7) and bottles of Lone Star beer. There is also an alcoholic version of Dole Whip, the sweet dessert sold at Walt Disney theme parks. Everything costs $15 or less.

Lullaby will be open Sunday to Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Thursday to Saturday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Bossa Nova ‘closed indefinitely’ after Bushwick fire

A Bushwick fire on Wednesday night left one resident in serious condition and many others homeless, the Bushwick Daily reports. Owners of the Bossa Nova Civic Club, a ground-floor nightclub at 1271 Myrtle Avenue near Hart Street, discovered the fire upstairs, but not before it got too big to be contained. “The building has sustained significant damage and it’s safe to say we will be closed for a noticeable period,” the venue shared in an Instagram story, according to Bushwick Daily. A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to raise funds for the building’s tenants, staff and bar.

Lodi at Rockefeller Center opens for dinner and drinks

Lodi, the team’s Rockefeller Center cafe behind downtown Manhattan’s Estela and Altro Paradiso restaurants, is now open in the evenings with a separate dinner menu from chef Ignacio Mattos. Although the daily pastries were reason enough to visit on their own, there is now a full dinner menu – cannelloni, beans in tomato sauce – and a drink list with classic cocktails, wine and spritzes. Lodi is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Manhattan’s Gaia Italian Cafe may return next month

After closing its doors after nearly a decade in 2020, neighborhood favorite Gaia Italian Cafe is set to reopen at its new address. Landlord Gaia Bagnasacco, who previously operated out of an underground space in the East Village, signed a lease at 119 Essex Street near Rivington Street last summer, but it’s been quiet for a few months since then. Now, Bowery Boogie is reporting that the restaurant could reopen as early as next month.

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