A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from July 11, 2013

The term “gastropub” was popularized in London in the early 1990s. A “gastrobar (or “gastro bar”) is, essentially, the same thing as a “gastropub”—a drinking establishment that serves traditional food. “Gastrobar” has been cited in print since at least 2003.
The term “gastrobar” is popular in the United States as well as in Great Britain. The Gastro Bar is located at 345 West 35th Street in Manhattan.
Wikipedia: Gastropub
Gastropub or gastrolounge refers to a bar and restaurant that serves high-end beer and food.
The term gastropub, a portmanteau of gastronomy and pub, originated in the United Kingdom in the late 20th century. British pubs were drinking establishments and little emphasis was placed on the serving of food. If pubs served meals they were usually basic cold dishes such as a ploughman’s lunch. In South East England (especially London) it was common until recent times for vendors selling cockles, whelks, mussels and other shellfish, to sell to customers during the evening and at closing time. Many mobile shellfish stalls would set up near pubs, a practice that continues in London’s East End.
“Pub grub” expanded to include British food items such as steak and ale pie, shepherd’s pie, fish and chips, bangers and mash, Sunday roast, ploughman’s lunch, and pasties. In addition, dishes such as burgers, chips, lasagne and chilli con carne are often served.
The term “gastropub” was coined in 1991 when David Eyre and Mike Belben took over The Eagle pub in Clerkenwell, London.
The Gastro Bar (New York, NY)
345 WEST 35th ST.
BETWEEN 8th & 9th AVE
The Gastro Bar at 35th offers a fresh twist on tapas, the traditional small dishes of Spain, by infusing Mediterranean flavors with elements unique to New York City.
Google Books
Time Out Guide Pubs & Bars
By Time Out Guides Ltd.
London: Time Out Guides
Pg. 199:
As this is a boozer that tries very hard to be a gastro-bar, you can expect many of the usual culinary suspects at prices slightly above what you’d want to pay.
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The Rough Guide to London Restaurants 2004
Edited by Charles Campion
London: Rough Guides
Pg. 317:
Corum is a perfect example of a gastrobar.
The menu at Corum is an essay in gastrobar philosophy, ...
SGCollect.com Forums
Jun 7 2003, 02:40 AM
And that’s precisely what the hip gastrobar famous for its deconstructed menus (diners can construct their choice of protein and starch combination) has in mind.
A Booze-Free, Meat-Free ‘Gastrobar’ Is Coming to London
Thursday, July 11, 2013, by Hillary Dixler
An alcohol-free, vegetarian bar concept is opening soon in London called Redemption. According to the website, Redemption will serve “a range of classy mocktails, fruit infusions, teas and coffees” and are “not going to harm or kill animals to create our food.” Marketing magazine reports the “gastrobar” will launch on July 21st with a residency at London’s Netil House, with a permanent location opening in September at Trellick Tower in West London.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityRestaurants/Bars/Coffeehouses/Food Stores • Thursday, July 11, 2013 • Permalink

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