Highway Robbery at Avenue: The $20 Jack and Coke

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As promised on Grubstweet, Paul Sevigny D.J.-ed at the newly opened Avenue last night. The Beas doormen Angelo and Todd assisted Marquees Wass while Chlo herself held court inside, having come from a preview of a new restaurant, Hotel Griffou, in the former Mary Anns Chelsea Marylou's space that one of her dining companions likened to Flatbush Farm. Needless to say, the crowd was also very Beatrice, and they were smoking (by that we either mean they were smoking hot or they were smoking ciggies and weed draw your own conclusions). Noah Tepperberg was working the floor and mustve been surprised to discover that, actually, there is room to dance in the bi-level club er, gastrolounge. And heres what we were surprised to discover when we ordered a Jack and Coke and a tap water (You mean you dont want to pay $10 for a bottled water? the bartender quipped): Mixed drinks cost $16. And if youre ordering from a waitress, an automatic 20 percent gratuity is added to your watered-down, sloppily dispensed Jack and Coke in a plastic glass, which means they cost $19.20 (or $20 if you dont want to look cheap by taking the change). Tepperberg told us he wasnt going to push bottle service here and with drink prices like these, who needs to?

Earlier: First Look at Avenue, Soon Serving a Gourmet Sex on the Beach