162 East Broadway

‘JaJaJa’ Vegan Spot Falls Victim to Plant Theft

Posted May 12, 2017 at 5:09 am

For JaJaJa, Chinatown isn’t so welcoming, after all. Apparently, a plant theft transpired last week at the new vegan Mexican spot. Store surveillance cameras caught a Chinese woman uprooting and stealing a “plantas Mexicana” from its window box. There’s currently a printout of the footage taped to the front window which reads, “plantas thief, we see […]

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Vegan Mexican Joint ‘JaJaJa’ Opens Friday on East Broadway

Posted April 18, 2017 at 5:02 am

The light board has been affixed to the facade of 162 East Broadway for months. Now, it’s lit up with the greeting, “Hola Chinatown! We see you.” This is how the plant-based newcomer JaJaJa is announcing itself to the Chinatown neighborhood it invaded. It opens to the public on Friday. JaJaJa (Plantas Mexicana) is a vegan […]

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Looking Inside ‘JaJaJa,’ the Vegan Mexican Restaurant at 162 East Broadway

Posted April 13, 2017 at 5:05 am

Hold onto your sombreros, JaJaJa is on the proverbial precipice of opening at 162 East Broadway. JaJaJa (Plantas Mexicana) is a vegan Mexican restaurant helmed by Gelso & Grand proprietor Nima Garos and partner Koorosh Bakhtiar. The concept has been in the works for more than a year, and evolved along the way. For one, […]

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Gracias Mama on East Broadway Becomes ‘JaJaJa,’ as Liquor License is Approved

Posted February 1, 2017 at 5:00 am

Gaga over JaJaJa? In the months following our latest update, there has been a flurry of activity inside 162 East Broadway. It is here, within the walls of that two-toned corner, that workers continue to ready Gracias Mama. Only it’s now called something entirely different. Small printouts on the windows both announce and tease the […]

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Incoming Taqueria ‘Gracias Mama’ Peels Away the Plywood on East Broadway

Last modified January 31, 2017 at 9:19 pm

Incoming taqueria, Gracias Mama, is swiftly approaching the finish line. The controversial establishment – under construction at 162 East Broadway since springtime – peeled away the plywood from its cornershop exterior last week and painted the exterior white. Workers were seen breaking down the shed and stuffing the contents into a demolition truck. This corner […]

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Gracias Mama will Probably Open on East Broadway by December

Last modified January 31, 2017 at 9:19 pm

If you’re keeping tabs at 162 East Broadway, then you’ve likely witnessed the fast-tracked build-out happening. Gracias Mama is well on its way after just over a month of construction, community opposition notwithstanding. The interior now sports some serious definition, including kitchen and bar. Its presence on the corner of Rutgers Street was pretty much […]

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‘Gracias Mama’ Begins Build-out at 162 East Broadway as Opposition Mounts

Last modified January 31, 2017 at 9:19 pm

Interior build-out just began at Gracias Mama, the controversial taqueria from the minds behind Gelso & Grand. While permits for the job were issued by the Department of Buildings last month, actual work commenced a few weeks ago. And it’s already progressing at quite a clip. Here is a peek at the guts of 162 East Broadway, […]

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MTA Brushes off Vehement Local Opposition to ‘Gracias Mama’ Entrance on Rutgers Street

Last modified January 31, 2017 at 9:19 pm

The MTA sees nothing wrong with having a restaurant entrance mere feet from a bustling subway station. Specifically that of Gracias Mama, whose principals (Koorosh Bakhtiar and Nima Garos) are trying to alter their method of operation, which could become a harbinger of overcrowding in a small area. The bold choice to move the front […]

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Community Coalition Petitions MTA to Oppose Gracias Mama’s Bid for 162 East Broadway

Last modified January 31, 2017 at 9:19 pm

A locally vocal coalition of block associations has joined forces in vehement opposition to Gracias Mama, the proposed Mexican restaurant-bar at 162 East Broadway. They’ve appealed the MTA to deny special permission to the applicants for an entrance above the subway station. With help from the LES Dwellers, the Orchard Street Block Association, the Knickerbocker […]

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200 Foot Drama: ‘Gracias Mama’ Revises its Concept for 162 East Broadway

Last modified January 31, 2017 at 9:20 pm

Gracias Mama, the Mexican establishment gunning for the corner of Rutgers and East Broadway, is facing more of an uphill battle than principals Koorosh Bakhtiar and Nima Garos (Gelso & Grand) probably anticipated. Even though Community Board 3 approved a full liquor license for this previously unlicensed location (controversial in its own right), the recommendation […]

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