Bandits, a new watering hole from the team behind Den Hospitality (Borrachito and The Garret Bars), is opening on the corner of Bedford and Leroy (44 Bedford Street) in the former Daddy-O space. The restaurant and bar offers a modern take on an old school diner and dive with a nod to vintage New York. The decor incorporates 70’s elements like warm, yellow-frilled light boxes, traditional diner-style stools with a checkered floor to match, and inviting leather booths where guests can take in the room and the interesting people that fill it.
Bandits gets its name from Den Hospitality’s trademark raccoon mascot, Rocco, a nocturnal critter who’s seen as a lover of artisanal cocktails and memorable New York nights. Think of it as a welcoming saloon where guests can lose track of time.
When Bandits opens its doors on May 19th it will offer 32 seats inside and 30 outside, with food and drinks served until late. The all-day menu featured elevated all-American diner and deli-inspired classics like The Ripper (a New Jersey-style deep fried hot dog), Steak & Tots served with trois au poivre sauce & duck fat taters, and a Wedge Salad with slab maple bacon. A Chickpea “Tuna” Melt is available for veggie lovers featuring house chickpea salad and herby pesto vinaigrette served with a traditional pickle and chips, and Bandit Fried Cauliflower Wings with several sauce options.
The cocktail program pays tribute to prominent New York moments in pop culture. Look for drinks like the Bradshaw on Bedford (Lemon Juice, Rose Hips, Rhubarb, Sundried Tomato, Basil, Vodka), Jazz & TeeTea (Jasmine Tea Bourbon, Lilet Blanc, Benedictine, Punt e Mes, Peychaud bitters), and I Drink Your Milkshake (Cold Brew Vodka, Coffee Liqueur, Chocolate Liqueur, Five Spice Rice Milk, Pirouline Wafer Cookie). Frozen cocktails include Every Day Tiki-Every Day Vacay, a rotating special featuring tropical cocktails like a Mai Tai and Singapore Sling. The menu also includes a selection of dressed up beers – inspired by late night food carts and their signature sauces – featuring creative additions like hot sauce and seasonings.
Bandits is designed by Yakka Studios, with its playful decor draws inspiration from old-school 1970’s New York diners, combined with the comfort and familiarity of a quirky living room of the era. The interior features dark wooden paneling contrasted by timeless green marble, a plush, green carpeted wall (a nod to Elvis Presley’s first vacation home), yellow velvet lighting, and a disco ball-inspired ceiling of golden mirrored tiles.
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