Openings & Closings: Merchants Gate Subway Bar, Mt. Sinai Surgical Center

A bar called Merchants Gate just opened in the Turnstyle shopping area attached to the Columbus Circle subway station, Eater reported. And it’s even got subway tiling decor. “The menu will include upgraded versions of food found in Central Park street carts, such as Bavarian pretzels and a New York hot dog with sauerkraut and spicy mustard on a pretzel bun, co-owner Dieter Seelig says…During the day, the focus will be on beer and wine, plus grab-and-go snacks. But at night, the owners aim to transition into more of a cocktail lounge, or ‘the best place to grab a cocktail in Columbus Circle,’ Seelig says.” The draft beers are $10, the New York dog is $7. Photo via Turnstyle.

Mt. Sinai is opening a surgical center at 2101-2115 Broadway, inside the Ansonia between 73rd and 74th Street, according to Crain’s. “The center will have four procedure rooms as well as preoperative and recovery areas. About 9,000 cases, representing nearly 10,000 procedures, are expected to be performed there in its first year of operation. Mount Sinai and Merritt said in the filing that the center ‘will provide a high-quality and efficient care model to the surrounding community at a location that is convenient and accessible.'”

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    1. Ish Kabibble says:

      So, street cart food, and $10 drafts? As tempting as that sounds, I’ll pass.

    2. Kakki says:

      Is there any information on what types of procedures would be done?

    3. BillyNYC says:

      Now you’re talking!
      And it’s about time !!!!

    4. Paul says:

      So Mt. Sinai will perform surgeries in the space formerly occupied by Plato’s Retreat.

      Those concerned with whether changes on the UWS are for the better can practice by arguing this from both sides.

      • UWS_lifer says:

        Well, it is my understanding that many complicated procedures and positions were conducted at Plato’s Retreat as well so there is definitely some synergy there.:)

        Someone should reopen Plato’s Retreat for the more modern era. Plenty of empty commercial real estate on the UWS. The question is does the UWS still have the sexually progressive, cool, edgy, scene that it used to?

        What do you think folks? It seems this scene has moved downtown long ago…but those of us old enough to remember know that these racy places were part of what made the neighborhood the UWS.

        • Sean says:

          No. Plato’s Retreat was in the basement. This is on the second floor.

          • History Buff says:

            Yes, Mt. Sinai will be up on the second floor, not the basement, which prior to Plato’s Retreat, was the famous Continental Baths where Bette Midler, Chita Rivera and others got there show biz starts. Those were the days! In more recent times, the basement was home to Tower Records, Gristedes, Food Emporium and Loehman’s. The Ansonia is a very storied building.

    5. Albert says:

      $10 beers? $7 hot dogs? Seriously??
      Just step outside for a much better deal.


      what kind of surgery will be performed at the new center?

      • Carnival Canticle says:

        I would assume anything that does not require a hospital stay and monitoring. I recently had reconstructive foot surgery,complete with general anesthesia, at Mt Sinai’s outpatient surgery facility at Union Square. All followup was handled at the surgeon’s own office. It was a completely positive experience. It’s good to know such a facility will be available closer to home. Funny, though, about the Plato’s Retreat site.

    7. Jan says:

      Plato’s I believe was in the basement we are talking
      70’s. ? Whew

    8. Lisa says:

      Does anybody know anything about PetLand on 72nd between Columbus and Amsterdam? I know the owner died and word was the shops would eventually close up, but then it just closed with all merchandise inside, no going out of business sale, it’s still sitting there fully stocked. I haven’t noticed it open in several weeks. They carried live animals (birds, fish, etc) and I’ve been greatly concerned they just abandoned the space and left the animals to starve.

    9. Mark Moore says:

      One beer, one hot dog…..that’ll be $17.

      Why? Why would anyone do that?

      • Knitasha says:

        A cocktail lounge and overpriced hot dog stand in the charming underground confines of the 59th Street subway station? Well, it’s a concept, if a rather revolting one.

    10. AJ says:

      Mt Sinai already seem to have a dermatology office on the second floor: