Bar scene? Two bars and 20 screens showing the game at all times. Fine Italian dining? Cozy up to your date with some calamari fra diavolo and a bottle of wine. VIP lounge, DJs, dancing? Yup, they’ve got all that too, every weekend. It’s all part of co-owner Chris Krasniqi’s plan for Karma to be “something for everyone.”
“We don’t have a niche,” says Krasniqi. “What are we? Whatever everyone wants us to be. We try to do everything because we can!”
Probably the biggest thing that sets Karma apart from the other bars on Nyack’s Main Street is the menu — large portions of classic Italian fare rather than greasy pub food. Entrees including veal saltimbocca, chicken marsala and whole clams over linguine are made in-house, with upscale rotating weekend specials such as steak or Chilean sea bass. Krasniqi, who is also a chef, put the menu together with his brother; both have been in the restaurant business for years.
“We want to get to know the customer’s name, what they like,” says Krasniqi. “If they want something we don’t have, the next time they come in, it’ll be there!”
Lunch is simpler and more casual than the dinner menu, and includes a two-item combo special of soup, salad and/or hero sandwich for $9. They also do catering and to-go orders, offering delivery in Nyack.
The main floor houses two sleek, shiny wood bars, staggered for maximum crowd space. High-top cocktail tables feature ice rails, frosty strips down the tabletop’s center to keep drinks cold. Exposed brick walls and a black textured ceiling add a touch of old Nyack to the otherwise modern space. Stairs are dotted with blue LED lights like stars, leading up to the comfortable VIP lounge area full of black leather couches. Solo acts and full bands perform downstairs Tuesday through Thursday; Friday and Saturday nights live DJs heat things up in the lounge.
“We pride ourselves on good karma,” says Krasniqi. “What you dish out and what you do for others will come back to you; you will see how happy you make people!”
By Christine Gritmon for The Journal News and Lohud.com.
If you go …
Karma, 100 Main St., Nyack. 845-675-7704. www.karmanyackny.com. Hours: 11 a.m.-4 a.m. daily. Great for: Big groups, watching the game, dining at the bar, entertainment, girls’ night out, meeting for a drink, going out on Mondays, people watching, private room, singles scene.