cocktails

Galaxie opens today in time for noontime libations

Galaxie, the new cocktail bar at 732 E. Market St. in the Green Building, is set to tear down the brown paper that has covered the windows for several months and pour their first drinks today starting at 11 a.m.

The new bar is a concept from the guys at Rye down the street. Michael Trager-Kusman, chef Tyler Morris and beverage director Doug Petry have redone the space that first was 732 Social, then La Coop Bistro a Vins, and re-conceived the space as a neighborhood bar, something they thought the neighborhood, rife with restaurants of all stripes, was lacking.

The goal for Galaxie to to offer a  straightforward drinks list of less complicated cocktails for a more moderate price point, with cocktails about $7, beers ranging from $3 to $7 and whiskeys starting at $3. The juices for the drinks will be fresh, of course, and the syrups made in-house.

The focus will be on drinks rather than food, but there will be a small bar menu, offering things such as an international dip platter (hummus, spinach saag, roasted tomato harissa, whipped feta and cucumber labna and some other tasty things). Petry, in a phone interview, was especially excited about the Galaxie bread, which will be the basis of many of the dishes, a soft and flavorful bread baked every day in-house, that will complement the more or less ethnically Mediterranean choices on offer.