Cafe Charbon at 170 Orchard to Close
Cafe Charbon is kaput after nearly a decade at 170 Orchard Street. Sigh! EV Grieve has the scoop from last night’s Community Board 3 SLA meeting. The Epicerie folk will soon close their bistro, and are transferring their full liquor license to NYC Best Bar, best known for Jake’s Dilemma, Off the Wagon, 13th Step, and 3 Sheets Saloon. That’s two foreign-themed establishments in the neighborhood (Telephone Bar on Second Avenue) gobbled up by the nightlife empire.
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Many in attendance were reportedly surprised by the unanimous board approval. The as-yet-untitled replacement will house a full-service tavern from 11:30 am to 4 am, offer $1 happy hour drafts, and a private room for DJs (sans dancing).
This is a substantial loss for the Lower East Side, and upper Orchard in general. Cafe Charbon was a Boogie haunt for years, offering mostly modest prices for decent food without pretentiousness. It was also a little-known haven to casually watch premiere soccer matches in a non-fratty atmosphere. Which is what the place will soon become if the past is any indication. Fare thee well, Charbon!