‘Pinks’ East Village Plans New Chrystie Street Cantina

Posted on: October 2nd, 2017 at 5:02 am by

203 Chrystie St., February 2016

Pinks is headed south of the border, so to speak.

The East Village haunt – located on East 10th Street near 1st Avenue – is currently eyeing Chrystie Street for its expansion. Directly next door to Rochelle’s and its basement club.

The Pinks Cantina, as it’s called, will be a “new fast casual taco shop” and an extension of Pinks East Village, owner Avi Burnbaum relayed in an email. They’ll serve a happy hour, late night, and weekend menu.

The proprietor will appear before the Community Board 3 SLA subcommittee this month for approval on a beer-wine application.

Burnbaum, a former manager at Gansevoort Park Rooftop, first opened Pinks in the East Village three years ago this month. Then in 2016, the Body Shop “speakeasy” opened in the back room.

The storefront in question previously housed offices for Neuman’s Catering, which annexed the real estate in 2009. They fled the block in 2016 after spending two decades on the Lower East Side. Landlord Ariel Soudry then dumped 203 Chrystie Street on the market for a new tenant, pitched as a “prime” opportunity for $15,000 per month.

As for Neuman’s, the catering company relocated to more posh digs in Long Island City. Real estate speculation was reportedly to blame for the move. “Rents were getting too high but that wasn’t the precipitating factor [for relocating],” founding owner Paul Neuman told us at the time. “We have also outgrown the space, and need to move.”

Just like that, the last commercial holdovers of Chrystie Street are transitioning to nightlife.

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