Cafe Koneko to Open Shop on Upper Clinton Street

Posted on: May 15th, 2015 at 5:11 am by
This image has been archived or removed.

The crowded cafe scene on Clinton Street is gaining another entrant. Cafe Koneko is the latest hopeful on the block, angling to open shop inside the former home of both the Bang Bang tattoo studio and WAKA WAKA at number 26.

Cafe Koneko (meaning kitten in Japanese) is pitched as a six-table establishment with one bar (four stools), according to application materials submitted to Community Board 3. It’s only going for wine and beer privileges, so will likely be a shoo-in. Principal Benjamin Kalb notes in the paperwork that they’ll serve “breakfast food such as baked goods, oatmeal, fresh fruit” and for lunch/dinner, “Chirashi, Hiyayakko, salads, and sandwiches.”

Meanwhile, Cafe Koneko has plenty of likeminded competition now on upper Clinton Street. There are already a plethora of java joints within spitting distance – Brunswick, Pause Cafe, Cocoa Bar, Marm Cafe, Black Cat Coffee, and Atlas Cafe.

Possibly another cat cafe…

Recent Stories

Friday’s Under $40: Little Italy

In our new Friday column, contributor Sara Graham hits the streets to find cheap eats and affordable things to do during these weird times. Like many New Yorkers, I’m working from home and I’m definitely developing aches and pains from sitting on an uncomfortable dining chair as I type away from my “kitchen office.” It’s […]

Major Hoarding Happening Beneath Hotel Scaffolding on Orchard Street

Somebody call Hoarders, there’s a junk mound on Orchard Street. For the last few months, a homeless man has been camping beneath the decade-old scaffold affixed to the hotel at 139 Orchard Street (aka the Allen Street Hotel). The individual gradually amassed a collection of garbage, furniture, and other prized street possessions. And apparently, the […]

Report: Boba Guys Faces Allegations of Sexual Harassment and Racism

Boba Guys, the San Francisco-based tea chain with locations in Los Angeles, New York, and across the Bay Area, is the focus of fresh allegations of racial discrimination and sexual harassment, just weeks after it fired a manager for racist comments allegedly posted to social media in 2018. This runs counter to the public advocacy […]

Ludlow & Hester Nail Spa Fades from its Namesake Block

Just as phase 3 of the city’s reopening gets going this week, one Lower East Side salon won’t be returning. Ludlow & Hester Nail Salon, located at 29 Ludlow Street, closed in March in observance of state guidelines for the coronavirus lockdown. Spa chairs inside the six-year-old spa lingered in the interim, awaiting clientele. Until […]

Watch as Bandits with Crowbars Steal ATM on Ludlow Street [VIDEO]

Bandits are certainly emboldened by the apparent sense of lawlessness around the Lower East Side these days. And Hell Square is no exception. Police say that on May 21, two African American males stole the ATM stationed outside El Sombrero at Ludlow and Stanton Streets. A witness reported seeing the crooks haul the entire machine […]