La Pecora Bianca to Open Another Outpost at Former Delicatessen Space on Prince Street

Posted on: October 17th, 2019 at 5:00 am by

Photo: Eddie Panta

Delicatessen shuttered suddenly last month after eleven years in Little Italy. However, its demise is actually months in the making, and with a big-name takeover on the way, to boot.

The 2,000 square-foot corner space at 265 Lafayette (aka 54 Prince) is to become the third Manhattan outpost of La Pecora Bianca. And renovations are already afoot. No sooner had Delicatessen shuttered than brown paper appeared in the windows.

Founded by restaurateur Mark Barak (Claudette in Greenwich Village), La Pecora Bianca (“the white sheep”) is an “all-day” fast-casual Italian restaurant. The menu offers “inherently local and seasonal cuisine emphasizing vegetables and house-made pastas.”

Between ground floor and cellar, the establishment will sport 143 seats, in addition to a sidewalk cafe out front. Barak and his attorney presented before Community Board 2 last June, and scored a coveted recommendation for a full liquor license on-premise.

This location is best known as former home of the beloved Buffa’s Coffee Shop, a longtime family-run luncheonette founded in 1928 and once described by writer Michael Davies as “the most unpretentious place in Manhattan.”

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