A New Taqueria, Gracias Mama, is Opening at 162 East Broadway

162 East Broadway.

162 East Broadway.

Two New York City restaurant veterans are aiming to open what they’re calling an ‘authentic Mexican taqueria” in a corner space at East Broadway and Rutgers streets.

They’ve tentatively named the new venue “Gracias Mama,” in a section of the neighborhood increasingly becoming a food and nightlife hot spot. Mission Chinese is right across the street. A cafe called Little Canal will soon open in an adjacent building. And, of course, Division Street and Canal Street have transformed into a dining corridor in the past few years.

An application for a full liquor license has been submitted to Community Board 3 by Nima Garos and Koorosh Bakhtiar. Garos opened Kelso & Grand, an upscale Italian restaurant, in Little Italy last year. Bakhtiar has been involved in several NYC projects, including the restaurant at the Gansevoort Hotel and the Hillstone Restaurant in Midtown.

According to the application, they’re creating an affordable restaurant with ingredients sourced directly from Oaxaca, Mexico and a “curated tequila list.” Garos and Bakhtiar are planning all-day service, beginning at 7 a.m. and continuing until 4 a.m. on weekends. There will be as many as 50 seats, including a 14-seat bar meant for both drinking and dining. They’re also installing a takeaway window. The applicants noted, “We are also aiming to improve a dilapidated part of the neighborhood and reinvigorate the whole corner on East Broadway.”

Linda Jones of the SPaCE Block Association tells us the applicants have met with local residents about the restaurant. The organization is supportive of their plan, but will insist on an earlier closing time. The proposal will be considered at a community board meeting Monday, March 14, 6:30 p.m., at 59 East 4th St.

You can see the full application, including sample menus, below.

 

6 comments to A New Taqueria, Gracias Mama, is Opening at 162 East Broadway

  • Stuey

    “Improve a dilapidated part of the neighborhood??” Gtfoh.

  • david

    ” “We are also aiming to improve a dilapidated part of the neighborhood and reinvigorate the whole corner on East Broadway.” My friend said this replaces his favorite Chinese bakery. I guess that’s an improvement? Gentrification is what it is for the most part.

  • I am Evelyn Salt

    That corner of East Broadway and Canal was never dilapidated nor does it need reinvigorating except maybe in the 70’s and 80’s, but that was the whole city. It’s been a vibrant and active hub for the long time residents. Why don’t we just call it out–the recent residents want to curate a neighborhood and drive the longtime residents out. I should remind them that it is Chinatown. If you didn’t want to live with the Chinese in a working class neighborhood then why did you move in here. Should have stayed on the UES.

  • ABetterLES

    It was a lovely bakery with wonderful apple turnovers.

    Now the new Mexican bar will be of little interest to the predominantly local Chinese residents. Instead, most of the customers will likely be from elsewhere.

    Little by little, this area will be a hodge-podge of hipster joints with Bridge and Tunnel folks.
    Sadly, the Chinese character of East Broadway will soon disappear…

  • ANewDayontheLES

    “We are also aiming to improve a dilapidated part of the neighborhood and reinvigorate the whole corner on East Broadway.”

    Or

    “We are also aiming to displace local businesses and long-time residents in part of the neighborhood that is too working class, too Chinese and too Hispanic for the new transplant who think a Chinese Bakery is beneath them.

    What gives SPACE the right to rep this “whole” community and negotiate licenses on our behalf?

  • ABetterLES

    SPaCE is an offshoot of CB3 with ties to Stetzer