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Our Story

Who We Are

Porchlight is a New York bar with a Southern accent. But what does that mean? Well, we have married the hospitality, soul, drink, and food of the ever-evolving South with the hustle and innovation of the big city we call home. We were born in New York of Southern roots, and we love to reminisce about our home cities of Charleston, New Orleans, or Memphis…but we wouldn’t trade them for New York. Even when the L train isn’t running.

In our pursuit of the Next Great American Cocktail, we are always learning about new ingredients and techniques we believe our guests will love. We shy away from dogma at all costs (don’t we get enough of that on cable news?). We do what we do for you, and we derive sincere pleasure from bringing people together, sharing our passion, filling your belly, and making you feel more than a little tipsy.

Our History

Porchlight is the brainchild of Mark Maynard and Danny Meyer. After over a decade of traveling throughout The South, Mark realized that the region of today is much more dynamic than the one he had read about in books. He thought it would be fun to share his passion for The South by way of a standalone bar in New York City, one of the world’s most urban places. Over a period of two years, the duo developed the concept, ultimately finding the perfect location in the Terminal Stores Building, a converted 19th Century warehouse on Manhattan’s far West Side. The two arrived at the name Porchlight due in large part to Mark’s obsession with porches and Danny’s belief that, for people to come all the way to West Chelsea, our light of hospitality had better be glowing very brightly. True story.    

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