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.”

Food Wire: Hakki Pizza, Sorella, Octavia’s Porch

Coming soon to the corner of Essex and Rivington: Hakki Pizza

There’s lots of food news around the neighborhood this week:

  • On the pizza front: Hakki Pizza has taken over the Visco discount clothing store space at 123 Essex, at the intersection with Rivington; this week, the former corner store is gutted, Hakki’s signs are up over the doorway, and construction work continues apace. New pizza options are springing up all over the LES; Fork in the Road reported last week that Goodfellas Brick Oven Pizza is scheduled to open in about two weeks in the former Kebab House at 144 Orchard. St.
  • Sorella has put together a sumptuous-sounding menu for Easter brunch on Sunday. From noon to 5 p.m., choose an appetizer, entree and dessert for $48 per person. The duck fat English muffin with chicken liver mousse and coconut-cream filled bomboloni with chocolate passion fruit sauce are not to be missed. Know of other Easter specials in local restaurants? Email us here.
  • Time Out magazine is really (really!) unimpressed by Octavia’s Porch, the 2nd Street creation of Top Chef alum Nikki Cascone.
  • Dora, the coffee shop at 221 East Broadway, continues its weekly cuppings (tastings) this Saturday at 2pm. More info on their web site.

Friday News Links

New York has more real estate listings with price reductions than any other major city (Trulia)

"Reuse" is the new battle cry at the Lower East Side Ecology Center (Downtown Express)

"Thor" at the Hotel on Rivington preps for a makeover (Eater)

"Indian Ocean," at the Dispatch Gallery on Henry Street (NYT)

Morning News Notes

Essex Street Market butcher Jeffrey Ruhalter tells The Daily News the recession has hit his customers hard. So along with a few other Market businesses he's providing 115 couples dinner for just $10. The meals will be served at the restaurants "Thor" and "Essex." It's first come, first serve to anyone with an unemployment check or documentation showing their home is in foreclosure.


Community Board 3 considers liquor licenses for more than two dozen bars and restaurants tonight. If you want to see the sparks fly, the meeting is being held at 200 East 5th Street (at Bowery), 630pm. See the agenda here.

The New York Times says Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will likely push for higher income taxes on the wealthy to help close New York state's huge budget shortfall.

It's "Laid off Mondays" at "The Delancey (bet. Clinton & Attorney)." A free tequila shot at midnight with proof of unemployment, 2 for 1 drinks all night.

It'll be mostly cloudy today with a high of 50, winds up to 11mph. Maybe some rain after 7pm.

More later.