The Rag Trader and Bo Peep Cocktail & Highball Store: A Former Garment Factory-Turned-Restaurant & Bar in Midtown

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Fashionistas and finance bros finally have one thing in common. That is The Rag Trader and Bo Peep Cocktail & Highball Store, the latest concept by FOX Lifestyle Hospitality Group (Street Taco, CASK) in Midtown.

This new spot is a lively restaurant and subterranean piano cocktail bar inspired by the mid-20th century heyday of the Garment District, when the area boasted the highest concentration of garment manufacturers in the world.

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The two-story space evokes the old garment factory (actually named Bo Peep), complemented with quirky details including mix-matched mannequins and dated Vogue issues.

Executive Chef Justin Ottervanger showcases the restaurant’s relationships with local farms and purveyors through a vast selection of raw bar options, snacks, authentic pizzas, and rustic yet refined plates ranging small to (really) large.

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In addition to the careful selection of wine and beer, the cocktail menu – developed by Beverage Director Evan Hawkins – combines old favorites (reminiscent of the building’s humble beginnings) alongside newer craft creations like Tailored to Fit made with gin, bitter aperitif, rosé vermouth and grapefruit oil.

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Descend into Bo Peep Cocktail & Highball Store. Once an intimate tailor’s fitting room, the classy cocktail and piano bar provides plush banquette seating, dimly lit lampshades and a tailor’s work table-turned-bar. The menu draws inspiration from the ‘40s and ‘50s, and consists of over thirty cocktails cut up into exciting and enticing categories like Sour Flips and Fun; and Stirred Boozy and Serious. The musical offerings range from nostalgic favorites to modern classics. Reservations are a must.

The Rag Trader details

70 W. 36th St, 917-261-5495, www.ragtradernyc.com, @ragtraderbopeepnyc

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