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Now Open: Ost Cafe at 511 Grand St.

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Ost Cafe, 511 Grand St.
Ost Cafe, 511 Grand St.

As we’ve noted in past stories, a new coffee shop from the team behind Ost Cafe in East Village is establishing a presence below Delancey Street.  Today it’s open for business at 511 Grand St.

The partners are Alex Clark, Aaron Hagedorn and Kat Maxianova.   They’re taking over a storefront in an historic row house purchased by artists Inka Essenhigh and Stephen Mumford about three years ago.  There used to be a fast food Chinese place on the ground floor.  The space looks very different.  There’s lots of exposed brick and natural wood.  The old tin ceiling has been touched up and big windows offer plenty of natural light.

Ost (meaning “East” in German) has an Eastern European flair.  You’ll find all of the usual coffee drinks (their supplier is Intelligentsia) — a small coffee costs $1.75 — lattes are $4.25.  You can also get hot chocolate, chai and tea, as well as an assortment of pastries.

Initial hours will be 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.  There is free wireless for as long as your computer battery lasts.

There’s a bit of a changing of the guard in the immediate area.  As we reported yesterday, Pushcart Coffee, located just about two blocks away, is closing on Friday. So Ost’s arrival is especially welcome.

That's Alex Clark behind the coffee bar.
That’s Alex Clark behind the coffee bar.

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  1. Welcome to my neighborhood!! Really like the new look, place looks fantastic compare to what it was before!! Wish you and your partners all the best! Blessings~

  2. Left a comment which favored the new spot, weather it was being screened or not, it was never put up! So I just want to wish you well with your new spot! The other comment was much more descriptive but for some reason never displayed, oh well, welcome to my neighborhood where everything and comments are up for scrutiny. truth be told~May drop in for a bean or two!!

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