Steven Kristel talks Bo’s and its Ilegal Mezcal Music Series

Photo: Courtesy of Bo's
Photo: Courtesy of Bo's
Photo: Courtesy of Bo’s

A 2014 OpenTable’s Diners’ Choice winner, Bo’s (6 West 24th Street) came onto the scene strong in 2013.  Named after Andrew “Bo” Young III, the son of Civil Rights Movement icon Andrew Young II, Bo’s aims to bring “the best of Montauk, New York and New Orleans” together. However, its appeal expands further on Saturdays with the recently-launched Ilegal Mezcal Music Series.

Partner Steven Kristel spoke to me over e-mail about the establishment, helping to explain what makes it both unique and a must-go. And that’s without noting the décor by Nicole Cota (Crave Fishbar, King Bee), the cocktail menu helmed by Jeremy Strawn (Black Hound Bar & Lounge, Mulberry Project), or the food menu created by Todd Mitgang (with whom Kristel also runs South Edison).


How would you describe Bo’s to someone who hasn’t yet been there?

Steven Kristel of Bo’s: It’s the best neighborhood bar you could have, with great food and a chic lounge.

Bo’s is said to combine elements of “Montauk, New York and New Orleans” into one. Where did that idea come from?

S: Our history includes South Edison in Montauk and Andrew Young’s New Orleans roots. We have used both of those influences to design our menu.

What has been the biggest challenge in putting together such a diverse menu and restaurant theme overall?

S: The design of the bar, dining room and lounge were challenging as we wanted a different feel in each, yet they had to blend together. There is a common theme in the colors, as well as the fabrics used. The menu is always fun and includes the influences described above and a simple effort to create delicious food.

What’s your favorite item on the menu?

S: New Appetizer: Spicy Tuna BLT

Where did the inspiration for the Ilegal Mezcal Music Series come from?

S: Our friends from Ilegal approached us about featuring their product and offered to provide great entertainment. It has been a great success and our customers definitely appreciate the great musicians.

What lies ahead for the Ilegal series as a whole?  Any particular events of note?

S: Carlos Abeyta and Kat Quinn are playing in the next few weeks and are fantastic. [Editor’s Note: Los Hermanos Citron of The Gipsy Kings recently appeared at Bo’s with no cover charge.]

Finally, Steven, if you weren’t on-site at Bo’s, what’s an establishment that you would recommend someone dining at?

S: The Clam [420 Hudson Street].


by Darren Paltrowitz