Daddy-O, the beloved, boozy Bedford Road hangout that fed the locals first-rate bar meals for greater than 20 years, closed quickly after COVID hit city final spring. It is a robust act to comply with, but when anybody can pull it off, it is the Den Hospitality crew, whose trio of downtown Garret bars are recognized for his or her robust drinks, enjoyable menus, and vigorous ambiance. It is a formulation they’re replicating right here—simply with an emphasis on 1970’s kitsch—at Bandits.
The Bandits vibe is type of a diner-dive bar hybrid. These basic padded swivel stools line the bar, Formica tables anchor the leather-based cubicles and rounded banquettes, and flooring tiles are basic black-and-white. Nostalgia-tinged decor particulars embody Farrah Fawcett on a skateboard, fringe lamps, a green-carpeted wall, bizarre classic clocks, a rotary telephone, random trophies, lava lamps, Rocco the raccoon, groovy wallpaper accents, and, most intriguing, a golden disco ball for late at night time when it is time to get down, boogie oogie oogie.
That covers the 32 seats inside, however the out of doors setup is sort of as elaborate, with a sturdily-built, well-ventilated enclosure that from the road reads as a roadside diner. And every of the “rooms” exterior has its personal speaker, piping within the Bandits soundtrack of radio hits and deep cuts from a number of ’70s genres. One of many mottos right here is “Celebrating Nothing and The whole lot,” which is a reasonably strong baseline for any first rate native watering gap.
A lot of the menu’s actual property is dedicated to drinks, so let’s discuss that first. There are signature cocktails, created by beverage director Max Stampa-Brown and that includes the likes of the Bradshaw on Bedford, a lemon, rose hips, rhubarb, sundried tomato, basil, and vodka concoction which my Intercourse & The Metropolis-stanning companion sucked down, and the Bobby Wasabi, which I had in mocktail type (so: minus the sake and shochu) and proved to be each refreshing and sinus clearing.
There are frozen drinks, On a regular basis Tiki elixirs starring “all of the rums,” and an array of highballs, wines of all hues, and beers on faucet, in a can, or “dressed up” with adornments like mango coconut curry sizzling sauce, or white pepper herbed yogurt swirl. Alcohol costs vary from $7 for a Narraganset on faucet to $18 for a Jimmy’s Jungle Juice.
And don’t be concerned, there may be loads of meals obtainable to absorb all that alcohol. 4 flavors of sauced-up Tots make for satisfying snacking, together with the Halal Cart Tots, with sizzling sauce and lemon pepper yogurt swirl; the Dosa Cart Tots, with sizzling curry mango coconut sauce and sprigs of mint; and the The whole lot Bagel Shishito Peppers, full with a “cream cheese schmear,” all of which ship a novel tackle that commonplace charred starter.
Daddy-O’s was famend (by me) for his or her Buffalo-style hen wings, and the Bandit Wings do not even attempt to tackle the legend. As an alternative, this vigorous platter of baked chicken is roofed with sizzling honey, scallion shavings, and a spicy white sauce. You can even get this dish ready vegan, with Fried Cauliflower. The sandwiches and entrees part of the menu encompasses a Jersey Ripper deep-fried sizzling canine, a Rice Crispy Fish dish, a good doubledecker Smash Burger, and, the stealth winner of the night time, a vegan Chickpea “Tuna” Soften.
Bandits is positioned at 44 Bedford Road, on the nook of Leroy Road, and, as soon as expanded hours begin in June, will probably be open on Sunday by Wednesday from midday to 2 a.m., and on Thursday by Saturday from midday till 4 a.m. (banditsnyc.com)