April 15, 2022 Restaurant/Bar News
The feedback part has been lit up these days on the subject of Highgarden, a “botanical experience” that has been utilizing the house at Greca, Tom Galis’ Greek restaurant on Washington and Watts.
The feedback began with complaints connected to this put up in regards to the closing of American Whiskey. Readers mentioned that the restaurant — which Galis opened in 2018 after which expanded throughout covid, when he closed The Greek — had become a nightclub with “loud music into the night, people gathering and smoking weed on the sidewalk, and disgusting trash littered everywhere.”
Another reader walked by at 8p on Tuesday and mentioned the house “was filled with people smoking bongs and other weed paraphernalia. Definitely doesn’t seem to be Greca anymore. Very strange.”
I’ve passed by the previous two nights and didn’t catch a lot motion in any respect — but it surely was later, round 11p, and issues have been quiet (the restaurant was almost empty) aside from one man, oddly, brandishing a lighter on the sidewalk as he sat on a Citibike. (The scene was a lot louder and livelier at Greenwich Street Tavern.)
But there’s little question that Highgarden is now doing enterprise within the house — the signal is on the door and their itemizing on Tock lists The Greek as a “partner” and most occasions are listed at 452 Washington. My guess is that they transfer the venue every so often, although it appears like for now Greca is their principal location.
They describe themselves as providing “a botanical experience for people interested in a High-end lifestyle.” (Get it?) “Hidden in the city, this oasis offers only the finest things for the elevated connoisseur. Join us for live performances, gourmet organic menu, infused mixology, Stündenglass bar, exclusive merch and more!” [For the uninitiated (me) a Stündenglass is a gravity induced smoke delivery system with interchangeable mouthpieces.]
As we must always all perceive by now, possessing and smoking or vaping as much as 3 ounces of hashish per grownup is allowed in New York. However, the smoke-free air legal guidelines nonetheless exist even for vaping, and you may’t smoke something indoors and even at a sidewalk café or a park. Also, the licenses for promoting hashish haven’t been launched but — for now solely medical marijuana may be bought at state dispensaries.
Someone e book the Botanical Brunch and report again. $40, meals not included.