LES nightlife extends to Delancey

March 12, 2012 01:30PM

Already established as a prime nightlife neighborhood, the Lower East Side is seeing its bar scene move further south, all the way down to the once-desolate Delancey Street.

According to Crain’s, the first signs of life along the wide thoroughfare that leads cars to the Williamsburg Bridge was Hotel Chantelle, a three-story, 10,000-square-foot bar Ravi Patel opened in a former walk-in clinic near the southeast corner of Ludlow and Delancey streets.

β€œIt’s almost obnoxious what we paid,” Patel said of the rent. The street’s grittiness, evidenced by the unappealing retail businesses that currently mark its storefronts, keeps rent as low as $50 per square foot — compared to $80 per foot north of the street. Patel said he paid less than the $50 figure.

Lately, Ludlow Manor, opened by Georgie Seville and Luc Carl, and a spinoff of Midtown gay bar Uncle Charlie’s have joined Hotel Chantelle. “Like lemmings, everyone’s converging there,” Steven Rappaport, a senior managing director at Sinvin Real Estate, told Crain’s. [Crain’s]