‘The River Coyote’ Wine Bar will Start Howling on Ludlow Street Tonight
It seems 2017 is the year of the reactivated cursed space. Doomed storefronts around the neighborhood are returning to life, with the latest being Butcher Bar at 146 Orchard Street. And now 121 Ludlow Street is next, thanks to the arrival of coffee-slash-wine bar River Coyote.
River Coyote is apparently putting coffee first, creating direct competition with Caffe Vita across the street. Owner Jay Nir partnered with Brooklyn-based Nobletree Coffee, which gets its beans from Brazil. Espressos will run $3. There is also a “custom-built triple fridge draught system” to support the 16 wines on tap (half red, half white).
The obligatory press release announces that service begins tonight. (There was a private friends-and-family gathering last night.) There are also the following details about the menu:
Coffee and wine will be served all day – coffee from 8am, wine from 11am. During the day, locally baked pastries (from Dough) and afternoon snacks will be served, along with cheeses from Saxelby Cheesemongers at Essex Market (the cheeses will be available at night as well). At dinner, small shareable plates made with fresh ingredients sourced from the nearby Essex Market will be available. Chef Alberto Parra, formerly of Tocqueville and Public, will serve Branzino Ceviche, Tempura Broccolini, Homemade Gnocchi and Lamb Chuzo (Ecuadorian skewers) among other dishes in the evening.
River Coyote took the reins from Amuse Wine Bar roughly seven months ago. Looking to past commercial trends at 121 Ludlow, could it be another year-and-change before this river dog is laid to pasture?