Mark Bee has been gearing up for the return of Silk City with beer garden aspirations and a selection of your favorite food items.
With so much to miss during the pandemic and so little time to think about what we lost, one thing that I’ll be glad to get back is Silk City.
A large part of missing Silk City could be missing its way back machine past… The Paterson Dining Company from Paterson, New Jersey-built dining car circa 1952. The hep Sinatra nights with the late great Kurt Wunder. Long, luxurious Back 2 Basics jams with DJs King Britt, Dozia, and Blake. Live band parties with the legends of acid jazz and funk, past and present. Hanging out with the Digable Planets before they were digable or planetary. Drinking everything from those long tall heavy tumblers you did your un-level-headed best not to break. Way back then, long before Mark Bee bought it at the top of 2019, I was too coked up to notice if the food was good. I did hear the Huevos Rancheros was a delight, so I’ll take your word for it there.
Anyway, Mark Bee of N. 3 made Silk City into something of a bric-a-brac, mosaic montage like self-designed beer garden to go with its bachelor pad 60s or 70s indoor lounge. And turned its crunchy, comfort food menu into something so divine and renowned. The king of comfort food, Guy Fieri, pronounced Silk City the tops during one of his Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives’ adventures.
Anyway. Mark Bee kept his 435 Spring Garden Street address quiet throughout most of the pandemic’s quarantine. Recently, however, he’s been seen slowly building-up the Silk City Beer Garden. Crafting his own new tables, and encasing the entire garden-area under a tony weatherproof tent, all while making sure safety-protocols are met. And bringing back the exquisite Chef Aaron to Silk’s kitchen confines for a new menu that will debut March 31. While the new stuff is still being test tasted for their debut (look for more vegan appetizers and large plates), the Silk City brain trust assures me that their “fan favorites” Kabayaki Glazed Salmon, Silk’s Spicy Chicken Sammy and the Buttermilk Fried Chicken. So dig that.
Maybe now I can finally eat something there.