Life on Long Island
Sloppy Tuna pops up in NYC
If you’ve been hearing rumors that the Montauk hot spot Sloppy Tuna has moved to Manhattan, the truth is a definite “sort-of.”
As do most East End bars and clubs, the actual Sloppy Tuna (148 S. Emerson Ave., Montauk, 631-647-8000) is closed for the season, but in a move that usually happens in the opposite direction, the ‘Tuna has opened a pop-up shop in Manhattan. Located at the Roger Smith Hotel (501 Lexington Ave., between 47th and 48th streets., 212-755-1400), customers can find branded merchandise like hats, sweaters, T-shirts and more — definitely a notable occurrence as while during the summer, it’s commonplace for city businesses to open pop-up shops in the Hamptons and around the East End — but seeing a Montauk nightspot set up a satellite store only a few blocks from Rockefeller Center in December is quite the reversal.
But before heading into the city ready to hit the bar, keep in mind this is a retail shop, not a tavern — and guests are more than welcome to walk in directly from the beach out in MTK, the Manhattan store is nowhere near the ocean, so just stick with your street clothes and come looking for duds, rather than suds. There is no dedicated section for barroom fun, so be sure and watch the Sloppy Tuna’s Twitter account (twitter.com/thesloppytuna), as that’s where announcements concerning upcoming happy hour specials (the last was a free glass of Champagne back on Dec. 6) and possible parties (the opening bash took place on Dec. 1) are easily found.