This is Houndstooth Pub, a big new bar and restaurant at West 37th Street that's located in 6,800 square feet of space formerly occupied by a Chock full o' Nuts coffee shop. It's run by the guys behind popular after-work bar Stitch, and, for what it's worth, a couple of blokes from Snow Patrol have sunk some money into it. The bi-level space has three bars; one on the ground floor and two downstairs.
Depending on how things go, this could be a good refuge to remember when you've got time to kill in the Garment District. Or if you're catching AC/DC at the Garden next week, you might want to pre-game with Houndstooth's MSG Berry: "Wild Strawberry Infused Liqueur and Champagne Garnished with Drunk Wild Strawberries." We're told the fare will be local, organic, British-style gastropub, and general manager Nicholas Cohen assures us the kitchen "should be open next week pending the idiots at the NYC Dept Buildings getting off their asses!!!"
520 8th Avenue @ 37th Street, (212) 643-0034