When Avenue C's Verso reopened Wednesday after being destroyed by Superstorm Sandy, no one was happier than the regulars.
On October 29, 2012, Sandy's flood waters flowed over the banks of the East River making Alphabet City look more like alphabet soup.
Outside the restaurant, cop cars from the precinct just across the street floated by.
Inside, it was was everything you'd expect to find in an Italian restaurant.
"All I could see was pots and pans in kitchen full of water," said owner Labinot Baraliu. "Bottles of wine floating on water.
Nine feet of water in all destroyed everything in verso except the windows, front door and air conditioning. The damage forced the owners to rebuild everything from scratch.
They say with no help from the government -- just family.