How do I get into Raines Law Room? There’s no sign or obvious entrance. But we were where google maps said it was. There’s a covered set of stairs that we decided to go down, and there’s a beautiful door with a small sign next to it that says “The Raines Law Room — ring the bell and somewill will attend to you”.
When did Raines Law Room open? Opened in 2009, The Raines Law Room flagship in Chelsea was a game changer in the New York barscape. At the dimly lit speakeasy, there’s no bar to sidle up to and no crowded bar stools to fight over.
What was a Raines sandwich? Bars quickly responded to the Raines law by creating cheap, throw away sandwiches that would become known as the Raines Sandwich. At first, the Raines Sandwich was two pieces of stale bread with an inexpensive filler. Later, the filler was replaced by reusable rubber, and finally the whole sandwich became reusable.
Why did they serve rubber sandwiches? Some sandwiches were kept in circulation for a week or more. Bar owners insisted on this bizarre charade to avoid breaking the law—specifically, the excise law of 1896, which restricted how and when drinks could be served in New York State.