Some of you might be familiar with Cabin Down Below. It’s essentially a not so secret speakeasy below a pizza shop on Avenue A. When it opened almost a year ago, UrbanDaddy called it a “secret basement bar hidden below a pizzeria.” Fair enough. If you happened to stop by the pizza place for a slice, there’s a good chance you might miss the entrance to Cabin Down Below. But it wasn’t all that secretive. It’s just as hidden, as say, PDT.
Fast forward to the present time. UrbanDaddy gives us the scoop that now the pizza place — The Pizza Shop — is also being converted into a bar:
Here’s what you need to know: it’s a bar opening on the hush-hush. It used to be a small, nondescript pizza shop. And it now deals in oysters and burgers and rock and roll. On top of a speakeasy. Rest easy knowing that the speakeasy, Cabin Down Below, is still alive and dealing in hipsters, loud music and strong cocktails. But in place of mozzarella and red sauce, upstairs you’ll find exposed brick, tufted black leather banquettes, an old chandelier or two and just enough light to see Agyness Deyn sitting in the corner.
The most inaccurate part of this bizarre description is that apparently The Pizza Shop “used to be a small, nondescript” place. Not so. It was a sizable pizza place in the heart of the East Village that had many distinctive qualities. First and foremost — they served pizza! The place was filled with NYU students and hipsters until the wee hours of the morning — a final stop before bed on drunken weekend nights (although I never understood why people didn’t just go to Nino’s one block north).
So to The Pizza Shop: R.I.P. I can’t vouch for the quality of the pizza you served, but I sure hope you end up being a much cooler spot than UrbanDaddy has hyped you up to be.