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Ready for This Deli? Look Inside East Village's Rare Form

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[Photos: Mike Newton]

Here's your first peek inside the freshly-minted Rare Form, which swung open its doors yesterday in the East Village.

The latest from CH Projects is a handsome deli-meets-bar that shares a Petco Park-adjacent address with a new Stone Brewing Tap Room; Rare Form occupies the street level of their 2,700-square-foot space while a separate, tropical drink-centric bar will be installed on the building's rooftop and debut later this summer.

Proprietor Anthony Schmidt, formerly of Noble Experiment, crafted a concise cocktail menu that revolves around cordials, eau de vie and fruit brandies. His Raspberry Beret combines gin with raspberry brandy, housemade grenadine, lemon and spiced bitters while the Borough Park adds plum schnapps, Cynar and kosher wine to rye.

The menu, served from 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., by exec chef Aldo Negrete (Whisknladle, Jsix) runs from salads and soups to sandwiches stuffed with porchetta, house-smoked pastrami and chicken schnitzel. A full charcuterie program is reportedly in the works and will be showcased in their $17 Butchers Special, which currently includes housemade pork rillettes and chicken liver mousse.
Rare Form Menu by EaterSD

· CH Projects [Official Site]
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