Noah Tepperberg’s West Chelsea Gastrolounge Clears a Hurdle, Poised for Early 2009 (Plus: The Menu!)

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A higher-up involved with Noah Tepperberg’s new project in the Earth space tells us that in a second meeting of Community Board 4’s licensing committee last night, booze was blessed (in a 8–5 vote) provided Tepperberg installs proper soundproofing and security, regularly attends CB meetings, and doesn’t seek a cabaret license. With this decision in hand (as well as a petition he’s circulating among neighbors), Tepperberg will likely get a more sympathetic response from the full board when it meets on Monday (it previously voted him down). Word is, Tepperberg is aiming for “cuisine with a scene” and hopes the venue will be a cross between the Spotted Pig and Rose Bar (no one ever said the guy wasn’t ambitious). Expect Earth to close for a cosmetic renovation in January, and the new place, which is still without a name, to reopen about three months later. And now, a look at the planned food menu.

Salads
Seared Yellowfin Tuna Nicoise Salad - $14
Caesar Salad - $13 (chicken $5 additional)

Panini
Asparagus with Fried Egg (black truffle vinaigrette) – $14
Grilled Steak (caramelized onion, mushrooms, Gruyere) – $16
Grilled Cheese (cheddar, Swiss, tomato, truffle oil) - $14

Slider Trios
Reuben Stuffed Knish (corned beef sauerkraut, swiss cheese) – $19
Chicken Parmigianino (cibatta, parsley) - $18
Kobe Burger (mustard glazed bacon, Manchengo, bbq) - $21

Sides
French Fries (Parmesan, truffle oil) - $9
Fried Zucchini Strings – $9
Spinach Artichoke Dip – $10
Corn chips with Trio of Spreads (hummus, baba ganoush, artichoke, warm pita) - $12
Coconut Shrimp (Peanut dipping sauce) – $10

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