Moldy Fig, Rob Shamlian, Co-Op Food & Drink, Patate Fellow

  • After several delays, jazz joint and cafe Moldy Fig at 178 Stanton St. had a soft opening over the weekend. Beer, wine, live jazz and shuffleboard are operational; official opening is July 4, and the full kitchen comes online sometime next month as well. The Alex Hoffman Quartet performs tonight at 8 p.m.
  • Goodbye LES, hello Brooklyn: Rob Shamlian says enough already with the Lower East Side. Next project? His new beer garden in Greenpoint, where things are “happier.”
  • Early reviews of Co-Op Food & Drink: The prices are high, the service is slow and there might be cocaine on the bathroom floor.
  • Patate Fellow is gone from 71 Clinton Street, but proprietor Toshi Cappuccino has opened a Japanese joint called Hachember.
  • How much is a good review worth? Grub Street puts the money where the critics’ mouths are.
  • Eater declares the death of 10 NYC food trends; among them, Painkiller’s tiki trendiness and most banh mi sandwiches, excepting, of course, BaoHaus.
  • Good Samaritans at Schiller’s rat out a bike vandal.


Big Gay Ice Cream, Masala Wala, Co-op Food & Drink, Souvlaki GR, Bluebird Coffee

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Soba spot Cocoron got some love from The New York Times this week.

Co-op Food & Drink Opening “Soon-ish” at THOR

The Hotel on Rivington has been talking up its new restaurant, and today’s inbox brings news of Co-op Food & Drink, scheduled to open sometime this month, or “soon-ish,” according to an email announcement.

“You know what the right thing is, but are you going to do it? FEED YOUR IMAGINATION.  INDULGE YOUR SOUL,” urges the group behind the restaurant, the Guerrilla Culinary Brigade in a somewhat cryptic but upbeat piece of prose. This is the group’s first permanent restaurant; up until now its been known for pop-up restaurants The Feast and The Hunger.

According to the folks at THOR, the swanky Rivington Street hotel that will house the new venture, Co-op Food & Drink will be “a modern urban brasserie serving globally inspired cuisine that is locally sourced and meant to be shared.”