Michelle Chen is a writer born and raised in downtown Manhattan.
And slowly, they start stepping in. The staff throws the door open to the usual cast of outsiders and insidersnatives and tourists, scholarly purists and dreadlocked adulterers, every configuration of man, woman, and child. They give the money to the door guy, a tattooed young man with a somber five oclock shadow: $35, cash only, one drink included. The seating guya veteran staffer who tends the bar the rest of the week and designs handbags during the dayweaves the guests through the aisles and wedges them into butting wooden chairs.