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June 16, 2019

Andy Warhol and Studio 54-inspired bar and eatery opens in Manhattan

January 8, 2019
The Factory 380, a new lounge inspired by Andy Warhol’s studio and his days at Studio 54, is now open in Kips Bay, Manhattan. (Laszlo Andacs)

If you regret missing out on the Studio 54 days — the storied Midtown club that drew celebrities like A-list artist Andy Warhol — you can now get a taste of the experience.

The Factory 380, a new bar and eatery inspired by Warhol’s studio and his days at the club, is now open in the Kips Bay area of Manhattan.

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The spot “brings to life the unique style, sophistication and energy of 1970s NYC nightlife,” according to a release.

Artist and filmmaker Andy Warhol.
Artist and filmmaker Andy Warhol. (Hulton Archive / Getty Images)

One wall is decked with photos from Studio 54, which operated as a nightclub on and off between 1977 and 1986, in refurbished thrift store frames. They include shots of Warhol, who’s known for his innovations in the pop art world, with rock gods John Lennon, Bob Dylan and Lou Reed, among others.

You’ll also spot original refurbished wood paneling from the 1970s, a Warhol quote graffitied on the wall in hot pink and graffiti works created by the California-based street artist Jules Muck.

The Factory 380 — named for a combination of Warhol’s New York City studio and the eatery’s address — is located at 380 Third Ave. between 27th and 28th streets.

Head inside The Factory 380 for funky eats and cocktails and a hidden lounge.
Head inside The Factory 380 for funky eats and cocktails and a hidden lounge. (Laszlo Andacs)

The team behind it includes two operating owners and big Warhol fans, Dublin-born Scott Connolly and Cillian Fanning; along with two operating partners, New York-based restaurateur Roberta Souza, known for Kips Bay craft beer spot Taproom 307, and restaurateur Ronan Downs.

“We are big fans of art, especially contemporary art and really wanted to have a space that reflected our passion,” Souza told the Daily News. “The Warhol era had such a large impact on both the art world and the nightlife scene in New York City.

“We wanted to bring back that party mood and the raucous energy of the 1970s and Studio 54,” he added. “It’s definitely something different for this neighborhood but we wanted to bring something new.”

Bites on the menu — inspired by street food found around the Big Apple’s five boroughs — include tapas like Eggplant Parmigiana Fritters ($13) and Dry Sichuan Peppercorn Wings ($14); and mains like Fettuccine with Seared Tomatoes ($17) and the BK burger with fries ($15).

Among the cool cocktails are “Boot Leggin,” a mix of bourbon, lemon juice, honey syrup, mint and ginger; and “I Wish I Could Paint Our Love,” a blend of blanco tequila, watermelon and chili bitters, both $14.

Don’t miss the hidden speakeasy lounge named after late actress and model Edie Sedgwick, who starred in several of Warhol’s short films in the 1960s. Reservations for Edie’s, decorated with a giant silver disco ball, are made on a first-come, first-served basis by dialing a special daily number on a rotary phone in the back of the restaurant.

Photos from Andy Warhol's Studio 54 days deck a wall at The Factory 380.
Photos from Andy Warhol’s Studio 54 days deck a wall at The Factory 380. (Laszlo Andacs)

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