MUD Coffee Returned to Astor Place this Week with Astor Plate Kiosk
With years of construction upgrades finally in the rearview, the redesigned Astor Place just brought more food options to the area. And with familiar faces. MUD Coffee (sans truck) made its return this week as part of a new snack stand by Perry Mallas called Astor Plate.
The Village Alliance, the business improvement district behind the somewhat-privatized public space, first announced the arrival earlier this spring.
Situated a few paces from Tony Rosenthal’s Alamo Cube, the boxy food-and-beverage kiosk serves “healthy Mediterranean comfort food, coffee and beverages, all organic and locally sourced wherever possible.”
From the mailbag:
Perry Mallas has a knack for bringing together quality food and a sense of place. His latest project, Astor Plate, will serve the Village community by offering healthy comfort food, coffee and beverages, organic and locally sourced wherever possible. For this project, Perry is collaborating with the same creative team at Patrick Nash Design that designed and built Flatiron Green and Benvenuto Café.
Complementing the delicious and diverse food and beverage menu, Astor Plate is also collaborating with long-time favorite MUD Coffee to bring back a local icon to Astor Place. Although the famous MudTruck is on an indefinite hiatus, MUD is delighted to once again be a part of this vibrant public space. Visually, the kiosk will reference the neighborhood’s artistic character and be in conversation with Tony Rosenthal’s iconic “Alamo” sculpture, which turn 50 next year. The raw steel finishes and bold geometric forms of Astor Plate will create a natural and inviting ambience, appropriate for this quintessentially urban environment.
Meanwhile, across the street by the subway entrance, La Newyorkina likewise debuted this week. This snack stand “features an amazing array of sweets and treats from Chef Fany Gerson’s native Mexico.” The business itself was founded in 2010.