13 Essex Street

Cafe Grumpy Reclaims Adjacent Store at 13 Essex Street for ‘Training Lab’

Posted September 22, 2017 at 5:11 am

With Factory Tamal now up and running on Ludlow Street, its former location is back in the hands of its maker, so to speak. Cafe Grumpy just reclaimed the other half of its Essex Street coffee shop. We are told that the south store of 13 Essex Street – formerly the cafe’s on-premise bakery – […]

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‘Factory Tamal’ Finally Opens on Essex Street

Posted March 10, 2017 at 5:15 am

The latest entrant to the budget eats enclave on Essex Street is here. Factory Tamal, which took over the lease from Cabalito Pupuseria at the end of December, finally made its debut this week. The cubbyhole snack shop had been ready to go since mid-January, but was sidelined due to purported permit issues. All the while, a […]

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Cozy Tamale Spot ‘Factory Tamal’ Readies Essex Street Push

Posted January 4, 2017 at 5:09 am

It’s a period of transition for the no-frills food enclave on lower Essex Street. (Some have taken to calling it a “food court.”) Both Sam’s Spring Roll and Cabalito Pupuseria – which opened within two months of each other in the spring of 2015 – closed shop last month. With regard to the latter, there […]

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Cabalito Closing Shop after 2 Years on Essex Street; Factory Tamal Taking Over

Posted December 28, 2016 at 5:11 am

Popular Salvadoran eatery, Cabalito Pupuseria, is calling it quits at the end of the week. News of its demise had been circulating two months ago, but didn’t come to pass until now. Last day in business is December 31. Owner Randy Rodriguez – former barista at Cafe Grumpy next door – is closing Cabalito of […]

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State Attorney General Files Lawsuit Against Marolda Properties for Tenant Harassment

Last modified September 1, 2017 at 7:08 pm

Some of the more controversial Lower East Side landlords are finally getting their due and proper. State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman yesterday launched another lawsuit against a landlord, this time it’s the notorious Marolda Properties. They’re named amongst a “group of landlords.” The story here is honestly no different than any other we’ve seen over […]

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Rumor: ‘Cabalito’ is Closing its Essex Street Spot in a Couple Weeks

Posted October 11, 2016 at 5:05 am

The rumor mill is churning again this morning… We hear word this week that Seward Park Salvadoran newcomer Cabalito Pupuseria is approaching the end of the road at 13 Essex Street. Apparently closure is happening real soon, allegedly pegged for sometime in the next two weeks. Proprietor Randy Rodriguez – former barista at Cafe Grumpy […]

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Cabalito Pupuseria will Open Food Stand in New NoHo ‘Marketplace’

Posted January 29, 2016 at 5:10 am

Nearly a year after its founding on the Lower East Side, the Cabalito Pupuseria is on the precipice of expansion. Owner Randy Rodriguez is poised to jump into the gold coast NoHo District with a new quick-serve food stand. The mission for this second outpost is more bare-bones. A faster-casual takeaway option via pupusa stand; […]

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Salvadoran Restaurant ‘Cabalito’ Opens on Essex Street Friday

Posted March 10, 2015 at 5:09 am

Cabalito, that new Salvadoran restaurant we told you about last month, is a few days from debut. A sandwich board outside 13 Essex Street announces the opening as Friday (March 13). Full menu is still being finalized, but it’ll feature handmade “Pupusas,” stuffed corn tortillas that are the traditional food of El Salvador. Expect lower […]

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Salvadoran Restaurant ‘Cabalito’ Opening Soon at 13 Essex Street

Last modified February 23, 2015 at 6:39 pm

Looks like that Cafe Grumpy downsizing we told you about a couple weeks ago is permanent. The minuscule four-year-old outpost forfeited its foothold on the south store of 13 Essex, which previously functioned as the in-house bakery. After a brief stint as pet adoption center over Valentine’s Day, the sidecar space is to become a […]

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Cafe Grumpy Joins Sean Casey Animal Rescue for Valentine’s Adoption Event at Essex Street Location

Posted February 12, 2015 at 9:19 am

Cafe Grumpy moved the kitchen equipment from its sidecar annex at 13 Essex Street last week. The space that once housed an on-premise bakery is apparently now a destination for pop-ups. The first contender is a co-sponsored Valentine’s Day event with Sean Casey Animal Rescue. In particular, a “Pet Snuggle and Adoption Event.” Sorta channels […]

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