‘Neuman’s Kitchen’ Leaving Chrystie Street After 19 Years as New Development Looms

Posted on: February 24th, 2016 at 5:13 am by
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​”All good things must come to an end,” Paul Neuman tells us.

The food service proprietor is gearing up to leave the Lower East Side for good in the coming weeks. That’s right; after holding down Chrystie Street for nineteen years, change of scenery is imminent for the Neuman’s Kitchen catering company. Both its locations on the block will consolidate operations in Long Island City next month.

Feeling the squeeze…

The “commissary” building at 173 Chrystie, housing the kitchen and tasting room, is under development. One Yaniv Cohen of “Acmos on Chrystie LLC” purchased the property in September 2014 with the intention of developing a new ten-story luxury condo tower. The residential replacement will sport total floor area of 25,265 square-feet spread across 13 units (and private roof deck). Doing the math, that’s roughly 2,000 square-feet per apartment. There will also be amenities like cellar gym and bike storage, according to the pending DOB documents on file.

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The new 173 Chrystie St.

Most recently, though, is the loss of the expansion offices two blocks north at 203 Chrystie. Neuman’s annexed this spot back in 2009, having taken over from the real estate office of Ariel Soudry’s Better Properties Management. He being the landlord just put the dual storefront on the market earlier this month. Pitched as a “prime” opportunity given proximity to the Ian Schrager’s Public hotel rising across the street. Indeed, the 1,600 square-foot space is going for $15,000, with a 5-10 year lease sought.

“Rents were getting too high but that wasn’t the precipitating factor [for relocating],” Neuman further noted. “We have also outgrown the space, and need to move.”

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As for the new Long Island City facility, we’re told that the space is about 18,000 square-feet. Leaps ahead of the current footprint.

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