Astoria, Bars
Dec 06, 2017

One Degree Up is Coming to Newtown Avenue

One Degree Up, a new lounge/restaurant/club, will open on Newtown Avenue in Astoria.

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One Degree Up, “expected to be one of the hottest designed upscale lounge & restaurants between NY and LA” is coming to Newtown Avenue “Sooner Than You Thought.” They’ve been working on the space—30-07 Newtown Avenue—since August (you can see a short video of the construction here). They’ve posted some artist renderings of the interior on their Instagram page—here’s an example:

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Image source: One Degree Up

It’s a pretty fantastic look and some of it reminds me of past YAP installations in the courtyard at MoMA PS1. I think it’s because of the bubbles on the ceiling.

One of their posts makes it sounds like architect/design firm bluarch is involved. They did the interiors for Omonia Next Door. I can’t really say much about their exteriors, though.

The folks from One Degree Up recently met with CB1 regarding their liquor license. I am sure there will be plenty of wine and mixed drinks (maybe beer, too). Places like this often have bottle service, too. Sounds like they are also looking at offering hookah options as well.

Interestingly enough, this location was once home to a very popular Brazilian club called Life.

Also interesting is the phone number on their Facebook page, (718-350-6800) which is associated with halal restaurant Puran Dhaka in Jackson Heights, 7 Star Group (electronic music concert promotion), and another club on Steinway, the Mijana Hookah Lounge. Somehow they are all connected. One Degree Up will just be down the street from Don Coqui, and that could be either beneficial to the club or be a worthy competitor. Or, perhaps they will coexist together as a block of night time partying opportunities. Only time will tell.

One Degree Up, 30-07 Newtown Avenue, Astoria. 718-350-6800
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About Meg Cotner

Meg Cotner was trained as a harpsichordist and now works as a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of "Food Lovers' Guide to Queens," and is a skilled and avid home cook, baker, and preserver.

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