MANHATTAN – When Ferdinand Schaller and Tony Weber opened their famous shop on Second Avenue, near the corner of East 86th Street, Yorkville was known as Germantown— and the duo was known for serving up sausages as authentic as those sold in Berlin. Eighty five years later, Ferdinand’s grandson owns and operates Schaller and Weber, with plans to expand the Upper East Side institution once again— this time with a namesake bar, Jeremy’s.
Since taking over the beloved butcher shop and gourmet market in 2015, Jeremy Schaller has put his mark on the family business. First opening a walk-up sausage bar known as Schaller’s Stube, which is still quite popular seven years later.
Then in the summer of 2020, Jeremy opened Blume/Hütte— an outdoor restaurant that changes seasonally and serves Schaller and Weber meats, of course— converting an old storage space behind the butcher shop into something special for the neighborhood.
Now, the third generation owner has cooked up his most exciting project yet— an upscale bar in the space next to Schaller and Weber and Schaller’s Stube that used to be home to Two Little Red Hens bakery.
While the pastry purveyor isn’t expected to be back open in a new location until next year, construction on Jeremy’s appears to be nearing completion. The storefront at 1652 Second Avenue looks beautiful with a brand new sign just hung over the entrance, while most interior fixtures can be seen already in place in exclusive photos by Upper East Site.
Inside the intimate establishment, which is said to have seating for twenty eight guests, you’ll notice a small marble counter lining the left wall, except in front the bar where there are two cozy velvet booths and small tables.
“The theme of the bar is going to keep the spirit of old Yorkville alive,” explained Jeremy Schaller during a Community Board 8 meeting last year.
Festive floral arrangements sit atop the bar on the right— which is also made of marble— and accented by modern overhead light fixtures that look like a melted glass orb. A door in the rear of the bar appears to connect directly to Blume/Hütte.
The new bar, will “pay tribute to some of the other establishments here in the past in the Upper East Side,” Schaller explained, “bars that I love because they had an ode to classic New York.”
He mentioned Elaine’s, a famous UES establishment, as inspiration for his new upscale bar. The longtime celebrity hangout located at 1703 Second Avenue closed after 58 years in 2011– and the location is currently home to Cafe D’Alsace.
“The drinks are each named after some sort of a historical component of the area,” Mr. Schaller added, noting that they would also serve charcuterie and cheese plates from Schaller and Weber.
Jeremy’s is expected to be open at 11:00 am seven days a week, closing at 2:00 am on Sunday through Thursday, and at 4:00 am on Friday and Saturday.
The bar’s grand opening is on schedule for late September, Jeremy’s confirmed to Upper East Site.