New York City has a new place to commune with Andy Warhol: The Factory 380, a restaurant with a hidden lounge inspired by Warhol’s famous studio, mixed with nostalgia for the “style, sophistication and energy” of the 1970s.
Located at 380 Third Ave. in Gramercy, The Factory 380 is not too far from where America’s most famous artist of the 20th century worked in Union Square — an important factor for owners Scott Connolly and Cillian Fanning, who are Warhol superfans and have been working on the project for three years.
Like The Woodstock bar did for ’50s lounge culture, The Factory 380 doesn’t try to be as cool as Warhol (impossible) or co-opt him to make itself seem cool (embarrassing). Think of it as a nostalgic tribute: A collage of Warhol photographs welcomes guests, as if they were walking into his mother’s dining room, while the back wall serves as a canvas for graffiti by street artist Jules Muck. In addition to supporting established artists, the restaurant is also promising boozy graffiti and sketch classes.
Chef Javier Alvarez, who studied with Jehangir Mehta at his modern lounge/cozy dining room restaurant Graffiti, created a street food menu pulled from the city’s neighborhoods: pork dumplings, a “Brooklyn burger” and nuts like you’d find on the Coney Island Boardwalk. Cocktails by Connor Myers bear themed names like The Camera Adds 10 Lbs (gin, St. Germain, mint, cucumber) and I Wish I Could Paint Our Love (spicy tequila, watermelon juice, lime).
There’s also a surprise waiting for those who know what to do with a rotary phone at the back of the restaurant: a disco-style lounge named after the intoxicating Edie Sedgwick, Warhol’s muse and star for 10 films during their torrid yearlong romance. May we all be so lucky.
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The Factory 380 is located at 380 Third Ave. between 27th and 28th streets. Hours are 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m.-4 a.m. on weekends.