Morning Caffeine Fix: Hurricane Sandy LES Version

Pushcart Coffee at 221 E. Broadway, along with several other locally owned java joints, is open today.

Lower East Siders don’t let a little stormy weather keep them from their morning coffee routines. Around the neighborhood today, many locally owned coffee shops were not only open, but doing robust business and planning to keep serving as long as they had power to brew and customers to imbibe.

“We’ve seen all our regular customers, and a lot of other people’s regular customers, too,” said Wally Corrales, who opened 12 Corners coffee shop at 155 E. Broadway in August. Corrales and his partner Mary Colgan, who live nearby at Hester and Mott streets, plan to stay open as late as possible today and will try to open tomorrow as well. They are stocked with coffee supplies and baked goods, though they were unable to get bagels this morning because Kossar’s was closed.

LES Bites: Oliva, Pok Pok Wing, Slow Coffee, Nom Wah, Grand Street CSA, Booker & Dax

What's next for Oliva, the tapas place at Houston and Allen? April Bloomfield takes a pass.

Restaurant and bar news in advance of the weekend:

  • April Bloomfield is not taking over Oliva after all. (Eater National)
  • Is the new Pok Pok Wing on Rivington Street living up to all its hype? The first round of feedback is mostly good. (Eater)
  • Balancing good coffee with long prep times: a tour around the LES and East Village’s java shops. (DNA Info)
  • A behind-the-scenes slideshow of Nom Wah Tea Parlor. (SeriousEats)
  • The Grand Street CSA has new farmers for 2012; meet them and register for the new season at an event on Jan. 30. (GrandStreetCSA)
  • A visit to Booker & Dax, the new high-tech cocktail bar that just opened in the old Milk Bar space. (NYT)

Hybrid Stores Take Hold on Lower East Side and Beyond

Lost Weekend, on lower Orchard Street. Photo by Wyatt Marshall.

Editor’s note: The Lower East Side has been a bastion of entrepreneurship for many decades. In the last couple of years, one trend being seen here and elsewhere is the establishment of “hybrid stores.” Reporter Wyatt Marshall talks with some of the business owners experimenting with this growing retail phenomenon:

The next time you find yourself browsing the racks for board shorts and need a little pick-me-up, why not grab that latte at the same store?

You can do just that at Lost Weekend on Orchard Street and fulfill a number of other one-stop shopping missions in the neighborhood. On streets that were once lined with mom-and-pops that have long since shuttered their windows, hybrid stores are thriving.