Closer Look at the Penny Farthing and Its Subterranean Lair, PF13

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Photo: Melissa Hom

Earlier we told you the folks from Phoebe’s were set to open the Penny Farthing in the old Café Deville space (meanwhile, their neighbor Cosmic Cantina is moving in June). Ahead of its opening tonight, we can now peel back the curtain and show you designer Ben Kay’s handiwork. We’ve already told you about his rustic-industrial plans (among other things, he’s outfitted the dining room with antique corn huskers and a painting of a man riding the place’s namesake type of bicycle), but here’s something you’re hearing here first: The downstairs lounge, open only during the weekends, will be known as PF13, and, true to its name, there’ll be a subterranean, stone-lined entrance to it on 13th Street (inside, a sliding barn door will keep the upstairs crowd at bay).

Does this mean it’s aiming to be the next Cabin Down Below? To their credit, the owners are taking a wait-and-see approach (no doorman or anything yet), so feel free to drop in — hours for the bar are 11 a.m. till 2 a.m. from Sunday through Wednesday, and till 4 a.m. on the weekends. The menu, which you can see below, will be served till 2 a.m. nightly.

The Penny Farthing menu [pdf]

The Penny Farthing, 103 Third Ave., nr. 13th St.; 212-387-7300