Cocktail Bodega Coming to 205 Chrystie Street

Posted on: May 2nd, 2012 at 6:47 am by

205 Chrystie Street is rebounding as we speak. Ever since the eponymous club closed back in 2009, this corner spot has gradually decayed into oblivion. As such, all the vandals took advantage of the always attractive canvas; there was some cryptic graffiti about the end of the Bowery and an awesomely heartfelt letter to a Vietnam veteran living in the building. Regarding the latter, all efforts to sanitize the spot have left the dedication intact. We digress!

Anyway, news dropped two months ago that DelShah Capital, whose real estate portfolio includes 133 Essex Street, purchased the remaining equity in the building giving it sole ownership. As part of the deal, it was simultaneously revealed that neighborhood restaurateur Matt Levine, who operates Sons of Essex in the aforementioned property, is proposing a new “restaurant-lounge” concept for the 2,500 square-foot space. He will appear before the SLA committee of Community Board 3 later this month for a full on-premise license.


Now a Boogie birdie familiar with the situation is whispering some juicy details regarding this latest Lower East Side venture. It’s reportedly called Cocktail Bodega and will serve up liquor-blended smoothies and spiked fresh-squeezed juices; menu will reportedly be a “creative and innovative take on traditional street food.” Think hipster Jamba Juice meets downtown Margaritaville.

Recent Stories

Yep Tour, a Textbook Case of Illegal Chinatown Bus Operations

Yep Tour illegally operates a Chinatown bus route out of the Lower East Side. We’ve seen this before. As previously disclosed, the company does carry a permit with the Department of Transportation, but it was issued with the Brooklyn location in mind (6010 8th Avenue). Their egregious actions around the neighborhood are rarely in check […]

100 Gates Project Reaches 75% Completion Milestone on the Lower East Side

​The widely-lauded 100 Gates Project on the Lower East Side is nearing its namesake goal. In fact, the pace of painting is picking up. The skinny: the 100 Gates Project just crossed the 75% mark. We’re told that more than 75 roll-down gates have been sheathed in murals since the campaign began last summer. Moreover, […]

Pinche Taqueria Quits Noho Location After 3-Year Stint

​No mas. The last Pinche Taqueria – which, at its height boasted three taco stands – is through for the night. Curtains. Its final day of service at 333 Lafayette Street – the largest locale – was a couple weeks ago, thanks to a purported rent hike. Meanwhile, brokers from Winick didn’t waste any time […]

Vic’s Pizza Closing Tonight After 45 Years on Essex Street; Luxury Living Coming Soon

Vic’s Pizza follows the lead of Flowers Cafe and will serve its last slice tonight (8pm) after more four decades on the Lower East Side. That’s two mom-and-pops shoved aside yet again, all in the name of that gold rush mentality. Both closures were expected, though, with plans of demolition and replacement revealed last spring. […]

Kapowski’s by Moscow 57 Goes Dark After Only 2 Months on Delancey Street

Kapowski’s went kapow last week. 168 Delancey Street is now dormant. Owner Ellen Kaye had teamed up with Barramundi principal Tony Powe back in the summertime to reinvent the concept. They brought in chef Nikita Ponomarev to help with the “Russian and Central Asian small plate” menu. The brief reinvention owed itself to the seven […]

  • Atlrocer585

    F Matt Levine.