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24-Hour Diner to Open With Dedicated 'Spin the Bottle' Table

By Serena Dai | August 5, 2014 8:07am
 Amancay's Diner will open at 2 Knickerbocker Ave. this summer.
Amancay's Diner in East Williamsburg
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EAST WILLIAMSBURG — East Williamsburg and Bushwick locals will soon have a place to play Spin the Bottle — all day and all night.

Amancay's Diner, a 24-hour restaurant and music venue, is set to open at 2 Knickerbocker Ave. next month with what they're touting as "the world's first dedicated Spin the Bottle" table, said owner Chang Han, 48.

The table, surrounded on three sides by a red leather booth, will have a bottle secured to the top, like a Lazy Susan, said Han.

"Everybody's played Spin the Bottle at one time or another," said Han, who recalled playing the kissing game with four college students every Monday at his closed East Village restaurant Gama.

Playing games at his businesses isn't new for Han, who said he used to "get drunk with a lot of girls" and bowl with melons inside the grocery and deli he owned for 10 years, St. Mark's Market. 

At Gama, he wrestled with 21-year-olds in a kiddie pool full of jello. ("I was getting my ass kicked," he said.)

A friend made him a logo for his propensity to party with young women, showing a cartoon owl with a top hat and the words "Sexy enough for Chang." The line will be painted on a wall of Amancay's Diner and is printed on tank tops Han gives out at parties.

He now lives in Bushwick with his wife, two college-aged sons and the occasional musician in a loft apartment near Jefferson Avenue.

The diner will serve burgers, tacos, chicken noodle soup and salads, all "Bushwick-ified" with organic ingredients and from-scratch prepration, he said.

"I don't want them to just eat junk food," Han said of local partiers. "Twenty-five-year-olds don't cook."

The neighborhood needed a sit-down place to eat after the bars closed — and a place for its owner to party for a while, he said.

Aside from the dining room and an outdoor seating area, a downstairs area will have a stage for live music. Han said he envisions music every night, including reggae nights, Puerto Rican nights and open mic nights.

“I’m a professional party guy," he said with a grin.