Pushcart Coffee on East Broadway is Closing Next Week

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.

“Cowboy Pizza” Coming to 201 Clinton Street

Last month we noted that Va Bene Pizza at 201 Clinton Street (East Broadway) had closed. Now comes word that a new restaurant will be opening in this spot.  “Cowboy Pizza” is expected to open around the middle of next month.  It’ll be run by Jamie Rogers and Lisa Fischoff, who already operate “Pushcart Coffee,” around the corner at 221 East Broadway.  They have two partners in the new venture, Aaron Stoquert and Sarah Trapido.  We’re told they’ll be serving “good old fashioned New York pizza” as well as some specialty pies. We’ll let you know when we learn more.


Weekend Kids’ Pick

Pushcart Story Time - photo via Pushcart Coffee's Facebook Page

On Sundays at 4pm, Pushcart Coffee is hosting a storytime for kids. The perfect post-nap, pre-dinner family activity, featuring healthy snacks and delicious treats for kids and adults. Pushcart Coffee is at 221 East Broadway (at Clinton).

For more family friendly events and activities, please visit our kids page.


JP’s Food Adventures: Best Espresso on the L.E.S.

Photo by Cynthia Lamb.

For decades my home coffee setup was the Latina grandmother-approved aluminum moka pot and can of Cafe Bustelo – perfect for making a good, strong cafe con leche. Far from perfect for espresso, though.

A couple years ago I picked up a Gaggia Classic espresso machine from a neighbor who found it at a garage sale. Got it for a song. For a while I was pulling ethereal shots in my own kitchen, with crema rippling through them like foam through a properly poured pint of Guiness. Eventually the Gaggia required servicing, which requires a trip to the Bronx. So out came the moka pot and the yellow can. That was months ago. Until I make it up to the Bronx I’ll be going out when I have a taste for a proper espresso. Fortunately I have plenty of good options in the neighborhood.

LES Bites: Pok Pok Wing, Teany, Grilled Cheese

Coming soon to Rivington Street: Pok Pok Wing.

  • Pok Pok Wing, an offshoot of a Portland, Ore., Thai favorite, is scheduled to open “early next week” in the old Baohaus space at 137 Rivington St., featuring “Ike’s Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings,” papaya salad and Som drinking vinegars. (Read more about proprietor and chef Andy Ricker in this NYT feature from November.) (GrubStreet, Facebook)
  • Speaking of Pacific Northwest imports, Seattle-based Via Tribunali, a Neapolitan pizzeria, expects to open by the end of the month at 122 Ludlow St. (Website)
  • A follow-up on the health department’s closure of Teany, a story we first brought you on Monday: new management has big plans for the vegan joint founded by musician Moby. (DNA Info)
  • A look at the upscale makeover of grilled cheese, featuring LES newcomer Little Muenster. (NY Post)
  • The folks behind Bowery Beef plan to open a raw bar on First Avenue. (Local EV)
  • As part of the American Realness Festival, Pushcart Coffee on East Broadway will host a pop-up cafe at the Abrons Arts Center from Jan. 5-15, offering Sixpoint beer, Brooklyn Oenology wine and Stumptown Coffee. (TLD inbox)


“Dora” on East Broadway Becomes “Pushcart Coffee”

Lisa Fischoff, Jamie Rogers of Pushcart Coffee.

Regular customers of “Dora,” the year-old coffee shop at 221 East Broadway, have noticed a few changes lately. In September, Jamie Rogers bought the business from Nicole Slaven, who had named the shop for her great grandmother, Dora Cohen.  This week, Jamie renamed the store “Pushcart Coffee.” Recently he also took on a partner, Lisa Fischoff, the first employee he hired three months ago.

Pushcart Coffee

pushcart coffee

Cusine: Coffee
Address: 221 East Broadway (at Clinton)/map
Phone: 212-876-8065
Hours:  Mon-Sun; 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
Menu/web site
Reservations: n/a
Delivery: yes
Jamie Rogers and Lisa Fischoff run this community-oriented coffee shop on East Broadway.  They serve Stumptown Coffee, a selection of baked goods (many made by neighborhood friends) and offer sandwiches, soups and snacks, very often created with local ingredients. There’s a robust bulletin board in the entry announcing various local events and happenings.  And then there’s those pushcarts: increasingly popping up at various locations around the neighborhood.