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Tailor opened in September of 2007, one year before the Great Recession took New York City by the scruff of the neck and shook it like a dog that peed on the carpet
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The chef, Sam Mason, former pastry chef of Wylie Dufresne’s wd-50, was a poète maudit in the kitchen. The mixologist—a term not yet rendered annoying —was Eben Freeman, a bookish, analytical fellow who resembled a shorter Stephen Merchant and wore his hair with an almost Zack Morris-ian flip. Like Mason, Freeman had worked at wd-50 [and nearly every other iconic bar in New York—from the divey (Mona’s, Sophie’s, the Shark Bar, Muggs) to the tony (Palladin at The Time hotel).] From the jump, the narrow, bilevel space on Broome Street had Icarian ambition. For a full year leading up to...