‘Pinks’ East Village Plans New Chrystie Street Cantina

Posted on: October 2nd, 2017 at 5:02 am by

203 Chrystie St., February 2016

Pinks is headed south of the border, so to speak.

The East Village haunt – located on East 10th Street near 1st Avenue – is currently eyeing Chrystie Street for its expansion. Directly next door to Rochelle’s and its basement club.

The Pinks Cantina, as it’s called, will be a “new fast casual taco shop” and an extension of Pinks East Village, owner Avi Burnbaum relayed in an email. They’ll serve a happy hour, late night, and weekend menu.

The proprietor will appear before the Community Board 3 SLA subcommittee this month for approval on a beer-wine application.

Burnbaum, a former manager at Gansevoort Park Rooftop, first opened Pinks in the East Village three years ago this month. Then in 2016, the Body Shop “speakeasy” opened in the back room.

The storefront in question previously housed offices for Neuman’s Catering, which annexed the real estate in 2009. They fled the block in 2016 after spending two decades on the Lower East Side. Landlord Ariel Soudry then dumped 203 Chrystie Street on the market for a new tenant, pitched as a “prime” opportunity for $15,000 per month.

As for Neuman’s, the catering company relocated to more posh digs in Long Island City. Real estate speculation was reportedly to blame for the move. “Rents were getting too high but that wasn’t the precipitating factor [for relocating],” founding owner Paul Neuman told us at the time. “We have also outgrown the space, and need to move.”

Just like that, the last commercial holdovers of Chrystie Street are transitioning to nightlife.

Recent Stories

Remember When You Could Actually Get a Pickle on Pickle Day?

Seems like a no-brainer question – remember when you could actually buy a pickle at the annual Lower East Side Pickle Festival? Back when the party spanned the single block of Orchard Street between Broome and Grand, in front of Guss’ Pickles. Ever since the business improvement district turned the yearly event into a trendy […]

Two Bridges ‘Final Stand’ Against Wall of Glass on the Waterfront

While Pickle Day seduced the mainstream on Orchard Street yesterday afternoon (i.e. tourists), the mood was much less happy-go-lucky down in Two Bridges. Full sour, indeed. Dozens gathered in a show of solidarity for a so-called “final stand” against the addition of four more supertall towers along the Lower East Side waterfront. Timing of the […]

Mile End Deli Pulls the Plug on Bond Street

Mile End Deli on Bond Street is no more. The Brooklyn-based establishment ended service yesterday, concluding more than six years on the Lower East Side. The Jewish-Canadian deli is now down to one location – the Brooklyn original on Hoyt Street. A printout in the window explains how “it was a hard decision to close” […]

Man Slashed Across the Face in Sara D. Roosevelt Park in ‘Random’ Attack

The crime emanating from Sara D. Roosevelt Park these days appears to be worsening. Saturday afternoon at around 1:15pm, a 34-year-old man was slashed across the face near the Parks Department storehouse on Stanton Street. The victim allegedly did not know his attacker, who fled southbound on Chrystie thereafter. The authorities are reportedly calling it […]

Revisiting the Rise of Brooks Brothers on the Lower East Side

Brooks Brothers shuttered its Financial District store yesterday (October 11), a location the company held for the last 45 years. The landlord, Brookfield Properties, hopes to “overhaul the property.” “The store is closing due to the landlord’s plans for extensive renovations and changes to the building,” Brooks Brothers VP global public relations told Patch. “We […]