Grub Street broke the news about ~ASIENTO~, a bar opening from Debi Cohn in the former Monkey Club space on 21st Street. I had a chance to catch up with Debi for more details—she’s currently busy doing double duty as a server at La Mar while painting and getting the space ready to open in December. She describes it as a chill neighborhood bar (the name means “seat” in Spanish)—a place where you could kick back, and play backgammon over specialty cocktails made with fresh juices.
Debi also plans to launch some food options, like albondigas, cheese, and other bites in a tapas case she is installing (look for food to come in January). She also mentioned that she installed “a kickass soundsystem” for future parties—there’s no dancefloor, but she wants the music to be a strong part of the ambiance. She is also being very eco-conscious about how she’s updating the space. Debi has been in the industry a while, working with the Resmex Group (Zazil, Colibri Mexican Bistro) and as a GM for Ramblas—she’s also an avid sailor and pro yacht skipper. Look for a soft opening in December for holiday parties and the like, with things ramping up more in January. 2730 21st St. at Bryant.