Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin are expanding their empire.
The DJs behind New York City’s Mister Saturday Night party and label have opened a bar in Queens. Having grown used to al fresco entertaining at their open-air Mister Sunday happenings, it’s not a total surprise to find that Nowadays, located on Cooper Avenue next to Trinity Cemetery, is an all-outdoor venue.
The New York Times reports that the bar offers “a grid of honey locust trees, imaginative pathways of light, dusty blue stone gravel, rustic benches made of salvaged construction timbers and locally-sourced black locust wood for raised sun decks,” designed by Carter’s longtime friend David Seiter and his Brooklyn-based Future Green Studios, which all sounds delightful.
As ever with these trendy openings there’ll be barbecued meat on the menu, while the music will focus on showcasing full albums from the duo’s 10,000-strong record collection, “from De La Soul to Thelonius Monk to Lee Morgan to R. L. Burnside”. “Playing full albums is a way of trying to make Nowadays feel more like our backyard; it feels more easygoing,” says Carter. “You’ll be in the mood to take your time.” They’ve made a playlist of albums expected to be on rotation – check that out below.
The bar also has a lawn for bocce ball, a ping pong table and chess and backgammon boards. “Basically all the games of my youth,” says Harkin.