“How about a corner bar?”
She calls from Uber. “We’re on the Grand Central Parkway. What do you suggest?”
She gives directions to the driver. “47-02 Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City,” she says.
Twenty minutes later enters the Gantry Bar & Kitchen. Puts her travel bag in the corner and sits on the banquette.
“So how’s things?”
“He has a malignant tumor,” she says.
The waitress comes over; puts down menus. “Can I get you a drink?”
“And how,” she says and orders a Brooklyn Lager.
“A Brooklyn in Queens?”
“Think it matters?” she asks.
The waitress turns her head. “And for you?”
Eighteen draft beers. More varieties in bottles. Small varied menu. Modern day gastropub fare. She senses the waitress is antsy and pushes the menu across the table. She turns her head and looks around the bar. Red brick wall. Old-Fashioned tiled floor. Fifteen seat bar. High-def televisions over the bar. Wooden tables. High ceiling. Vintage wallpaper in the back near one of the three bathrooms. All the bar’s wide windows are open. The Citibank Building is seen through one of the windows. Its blue and red colors standout in the evening sky.
“A Red Steel Ale, please.”
The waitress smiles and greets a couple standing in the doorway.
She pats the banquette and places her hand on a cushion. “Nice here.”
“George,” she whispers.
“How long has it been?”
She looks out The Gantry’s front window, which faces Vernon Boulevard. “We finalized seven years ago.”
The waitress brings over the beers. She lifts her Brooklyn Lager. “His mother calls me once a month,” she says.
“For seven years?”
She sips, puts down the stein and says something about George’s mother being a saint. She leans forward.
“You have a beer mustache.”
She wipes her lips with the back of her hand. “It’s nice to touch glasses with you,” she says.
After another round, she wants fresh air. “Can we walk to the water?” she asks. “I want to put the Pepsi Sign on Instagram.”
Later, she stood in front of a construction site for the future Hunters Point Community Library designed by Steven Holl Architects. “What a wonderful spot for a library,” she says, while playing with the handle of her travel bag.
“What about George?”
“That was a very long time ago,” she says.
Her Uber arrives. She opens the sedan’s door. Puts her piece of luggage on the floor of the car. “It’s difficult,” she says. “But, this has been a joy.”
The Gantry Bar & Kitchen
47-02 Vernon Blvd.
Hunters Point, Long Island City 11101
Monday: 11:00 am-1:00 am
Tuesday: 11:00 am-2:00 am
Wednesday: 11:00 am-2:00 am
Thursday: 11:00 am-4:00 am
Friday: 11:00 am-4:00 am
Saturday: 11:00 am-4:00 am
Sunday: 11:00 am-1:00 am
Bathrooms: Total of three. One upstairs. Two downstairs. Spacious.
Nearest Subway: 7 Line/Vernon Blvd./Jackson Avenue
Parking: Somewhat challenging
Website: http://gantrybar.com (coming soon with link to their menu).
Happy Hour: M-F from 11am to 7pm