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Plant-Based Tapas Come To Macdougal Street With Ravi DeRossi's Ladybird
By Miranda Katz, July 21, 2016
In his continued, quiet quest to conquer the East and West Villages' drinking and dining scenes, restaurateur and bar owner Ravi DeRossi has opened another plant-focused restaurant, serving globally-inspired vegetable tapas and innovative cocktails on Macdougal Street. Ladybird opens today in the space where DeRossi used to run the Bourgeois Pig, which closed its doors for good earlier this year.”

 
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New Bar August Laura Harnesses Italian Spirits In Carroll Gardens
By Nell Casey, May 19, 2016
“The tagline for August Laura, a new cocktail bar opening tonight in Carroll Gardens, could be la famiglia. There's the name, a tip of the hat to co-owner Alyssa Sartor's grandfather; the glassware, much of which comes from Sartor's father's bar in New Jersey; and the story of Sartor and business partner Frankie Rodriguez, who's soon to become her life partner, too. The two have the industry in their lifeblood, having met when their paths crossed working for The Bar Room and Death & Co, respectively.”

 
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Bathe In Bubbly At New Underground Champagne Bar Riddling Widow
By Nell Casey, October 5, 2015
"A new bar focusing on the delightful effervescence of sparkling wines opens this evening in a small subterranean space on MacDougal Street. Ravi DeRossi, the restaurateur who’s been opening places left and right, takes on bubbly at Riddling Widow, which is offering an ever-changing list of wines plus some nibbles to accompany them..."

 
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Cozy Vegan Gourmet Comes to the East Village
By Nell Casey, September 21, 2015    
"In addition to the restaurant, DeRossi has launched BEAST (Benefits to End Animal Suffering Today), a nonprofit animal advocacy group that’ll offer grants to other non-profits in support of animal welfare. Once it gets up and running, the organization will raise money through events to support the well-being of groups that “make caring about animals of all types eternally cool.”

 
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Inside Mother Of Pearl, A New Polynesian Tiki Bar On Avenue A
By Nell Casey, July 13, 2015
"Given his cocktail bar background, DeRossi isn’t skimping on an opportunity to go all out with his concoctions here. The Imperial Bulldog ($20) will likely be the winner for most photogenic; the cachaca and aquavit drink comes garnished with raspberries and an upturned bottle of Underberg, a German digestif. Snaps also go to the Shark Eye ($20), a curacao and bourbon-based drink with passion fruit, lemon, maraschino and tiki bitters served inside a shark’s head-shaped glass."

 
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Bergen Hill, A Darling New Seafood Spot In Carroll Gardens
By Nell Casey, September 7, 2013
"For his newest endeavor, DeRossi partners with Daniel Kessler—aka the guitarist from Interpol—and Andrew D’Ambrosi, a Le Cirque alumnus who also appeared on Top Chef. Their “market-driven seafood concept” turns out crudos, carpaccios and tartares, which you can watch in preparation from the 16-seat butcher block bar."