I can't believe we don't have a thread for this place. I probably just can't find it.
The refit was well done, it still looks very retro. I had been in for drinks a few weeks ago with a friend and we both very much liked the cocktails.
One night last week I returned, after a stressful and hectic day that included missing lunch, for an early dinner at the bar. I started with a terrific and very refreshing drink called a Chelsea Diner Car--a gin-based riff on a sidecar with lemon, chartreuse and combier. Really nice. I decided after my horrific day I needed comfort food so I ordered a burger, medium rare and hold the cheese. It came with 'special sauce' which was some sort of mayo and was cooked as ordered and quite tasty, juicy and beefy. Fries were excellent. With my burger I drank a generous pour of rose, and when I was almost finished with it the bartender came along and topped it up to another full glass.
The bill before tax and tip was around $40. The burger---Lex, avert your eyes--is $18.
This is the third iteration of this place during my 10 years of residence in the neighborhood and my one admittedly rather unchallenging meal points towards a vast improvement in the food this time round. Not that it's a high bar, the other two versions were disgusting.
Observation from two visits suggest they are doing business that is split almost 50/50 between local residents and gallery workers and Highline-bound tourists.