I love that place. Played there a bunch in the late 80s. Started out on Tuesday nights until Garry Tallent, bass player for the E Steet band, came to see us play. After that, it was Friday & Saturday nights.
wow. sad. i've never played there... but i've done a ton of gigs at the red lion right next door. that block as about as nyc as it gets.
i remember doing an acoustic duo gig at the red lion... and a guy with a thick european accent came up to me during our break and said he travels the globe for work... and every time he comes to nyc he comes to that block... he said it's his favorite place to see live music in the world.