Miss Lily’s has announced that its second location will start dinner service in the old 7A space May 19. As with the West Houston Street location, this’ll be a 3-in-1 affair: there’ll be fresh-squeezed juices at neighboring Melvin’s Juice Box (look out Juicy Lucy!) and West Indian records and accessories at the Variety Shop.
Along some carryover Jamaican dishes, chef Adam Schop (formerly a chef/partner at Flatiron Nuevo-Latino spot Nuela) is adding diner-type dishes — like a patty melt and a 7A Burger — that “celebrate the former 7A Cafe and the restaurant’s Jamaican roots,” plus new Jamaican grub like jerk-roasted pork shoulder, grilled mackerel in coconut “rundown sauce,” and Shrimp “Buss Up Shut.”
In addition to the juices, Melvin’s will give nearby Juice Press a run for its money by delivering cleanses and 8-oz. “kid-friendly healthy juices.”
As for the adult juices, the bar will boast a frozen daiquiri slushy machine and island-minded cocktails containing ingredients like ginger beer, sorrel, and various herbs.
According to the release, there are nods to the neighborhood in the design, which “takes inspiration from the early 1980’s Memphis ‘anti-design movement’ in Italy – whose signature clashing colors and asymmetrical shapes became an expression of anti-conformity in the East Village’s punk scene.” Plus, the original 7A’s neon signs will hang above the bar and the exterior is meant to evoke “the once-popular East Village bodega storefronts that have all but disappeared.”
The restaurant — open to walk-ins only — will initially be open for dinner starting at 5 p.m. (going till 4 a.m. Thursday through Saturday) with all-day service coming soon.
Miss Lily’s 7A Cafe, 109 Avenue A, at East Seventh St., (212) 812-1482