Getting a table at Super Linda is not the same name-dropping process that careening the ropes of the Beatrice Inn was before the beloved nightclub shuttered its doors in 2009. Despite both establishments sharing an owner, the Latin American eatery doesn’t involve bulky bouncers or pesky passwords to gain entrance into the two-story restaurant and lounge.
“We want to take care of our friends, but we want to take care of our neighbors. The people who are most likely to come visit us,” co-owner Matt Abramcyk explains, adding that there are numerous reasons for Super Linda’s West Broadway location but the “local, tight knit community” in Tribeca plays a major factor.
Serge Becker agrees with his business partner. “We’re keeping a lot of the tables open to the public. We don’t want it to be a private club. It’s pretty simple stuff,” Becker added, saying the lounge, which is called El Jockey and located below street level, “is pretty relaxed so far.” Becker also says Super Linda’s focus will be on Tribeca’s locals. “We have a lot of friends and ties in the neighborhood. We hope to create a real meeting place for them.”
But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep your eye on the door for some of the high-profile celebs and fashionable New Yorkers who once hung at “the Beatrice,” as regulars fondly referred to it. “Those people come to all of our places, truthfully,” Abramcyk says. “We get our share of neighborhood people and our share of notable people.”
Before the doors were barely unlocked, a pre-opening dinner held in February brought out Harvey Keitel, John Varvatos and Griffin Dunne to the colorful Latin grill, and on a relatively quiet New York night in March, a handful of Rangers hockey players could be spotted swigging cocktails at the restaurant’s bar—an ode to Abramcyk’s partnership in Warren 77 and Tiny’s with former NHL player Sean Avery.
Regulars in the know can make a game of repeat visits by trying to collect all four of the punk-like stickers the restaurant puts on the bills at the end of the meal. El Jockey has its own special marker, while the upstairs area claims three different varieties. The California skateboard-chic stickers are a way for guests to leave the restaurant with something more than matches or a postcard.
Lack of pretention is a theme that seems to run deep within the nameplate-adorned walls of the casually cool establishment, but for what the restaurant lacks in ostentatious rules and décor, it makes up for in ambition. “In our dreams we would love for it to become the younger sibling to the
Odeon,” Becker waxes: “A lasting home for the Tribeca creative set.”