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Irving Farm Caffeinating the Village Soon

coffee-171653_640The popular coffee house Irving Farm Coffee Roasters is making its way to The Village with its ninth New York City shop, in a 3,500-square-foot space.

The signed lease will span 15 years for the two-story corner location at Thompson Street, just one block from Washington Square Park. It is considered the heart of New York University’s Greenwich Village campus, as well as a center of the general neighborhood.

The space was recently renovated in total and the asking price for rent was $200 per square-foot. The neighborhood can expect to see the doors open sometime this coming spring.

The rental was in great demand, according to Peter Braus of Lee & Associates, the representative of CEJ Properties, the landlord. Irving Farm was attracted to the space by its “outstanding location,” and is destined to be “an amenity for both the Greenwich Village community and New York University’s student body.”

“A large-format cafe will be a great addition to this neighborhood,” said Matthew Schuss of Winick Realty Group, which represented Irving Farm. He added that Irving Farm is looking forward to serving “the large NYU student population” and Greenwich Village at large.

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Landmark Da Silvano Shuttered After 41 Years in the Village

Standard Italian food: Meatball and Ravioli.

Standard Italian food: Meatball and Ravioli.

Greenwich Village mainstay, Italian restaurant Da Silvano, has served its last meal, after 41 years of operation. Owner Silvano Marchetto said that the combination of astronomic rent and other rising operating costs, forced him to close down.

Through the years Da Silvano has served its loyal customer base from the neighborhood and from outside. Some of its patrons and fans who came back time and again were A-list celebs who appreciated a “no-frills” Tuscan meal, and found it at Da Silvano.

Da Silvano’s location, skirting SoHo and the West Village at 260 6th Avenue, led to a major increase in rent from $500/month, when the eatery first opened in May 1975, to the unbelievable $41,000/month they paid their last month of operation. Marchetto also blames “new-minimum wage rules” for his forced closure.

An Art World Blogger said that Da Silvano was “a favorite for the art world’s many patrons and participants, who continued to visit, with somewhat less frequency,” even though the majority of art galleries have long since moved from SoHo uptown to Chelsea.

In 1975, when the restaurant opened, Italian food meant just one thing, Americanized ‘red sauce’ dishes. “Marchetto was one of the first to introduce Americans to Tuscan cuisine,” the restaurant’s website says, “and is responsible for bringing many of Italy’s finest products to the forefront of Italian cuisine in America.”

Da Silvano was known for such dishes as roasted standing duck, artichoke salad brash and lamb. Some of the better-known personalities who frequented the establishment were Rihanna, Sean Penn, Owen Wilson, Madonna, Sarah Jessica Parker, Lindsay Lohan, Anna Wintour and others.

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Coffee Club : $25 Gets You All the Brew You Want

Here’s a new concept for your morning Java: purchase a membership in a coffee shop and have the rights to unlimited

Valais Blackneck goat. Photo by: Nauticashades

Valais Blackneck goat. Photo by: Nauticashades

quantities of coffee, tea, lattes, espressos and lemonade. This unique offer comes from Fair Folks & a Goat which opened its doors in the fall of 2012 on Houston Street in the Village.

The shop also sells art, clothing, beer, wine and home design artifacts. The shop boasts about 1,000 members, but changes slightly each month. An average of seven new members joined up every day this past September.

This past spring Fair Folks hosted a Chines New Year’s party, celebrating the Year of the Goat, and from then on they began having concerts by their members who are also musicians, creating the beginnings of a kind of movement. In April they opened a back-door patio lounge at their East 11th Street satellite location.

Membership costs $25 per month, but non-members are welcome to order a cup of whatever they like and pay the regular price.

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Caffe Dante Entering Second Century

There are not many things that can brag about being 100 years old, but on MacDougal Street there is an eatery even older than many of the trees: Caffe Dante.

Next year Caffe Dante will celebrate its 100 anniversary in its present location, and it has been owned by the Flotta family since 1971. Dante was created back in the day to be either a place to get a light lunch, or to hang out with something sweet after dinner.

Today the focus is shifting as Mario Flotta Senior and his sons expand the outdoor seating, supply a stand-alone bar, and added pasta and pizza to bring in people for dinner.

One reviewer recently tried some of the new offerings, and offered a rousing compliment for the Caesar Salad with lovely anchovies, served with crisp grilled bread. Also winning high praises was the bouncy gnocchi which was served with a nutty pesto sauce and fresh tomatoes.

Do not fear that the added main courses have in any diminished Caffe Dante’s interest in delectable desserts. Anyone who has not yet visited Caffe Dante, despite its being there since before you (or almost anyone else) was born, should go and check out the incredible, daily handmade sorbetti and gelato in flavors such as pistachio, hazelnut, raspberry and lemon.

Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. This old dog is learning quite well.

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Umami Burger Arrives in the Village

Umami Burger Arrives in New York

Umami Burger Arrives in New York

The famed Los Angeles-based hamburger chain, owned by Adam Fleischman, Umami Burger, has finally opened up its first New York edition, on Sixth Avenue between West 10th and 11th Streets. During the more than 2 weeks that the store has been open, the burgers have been flying off the grill as customers line up to try them out.

Here is what some bloggers on Yelp have to say about the new burger joint in town:

“I strongly believe New Yorkers are going to embrace Umami Burger for a very long time… THE SERVICE IS AMAZING. It was opening day but none of the employees were the slightest bit frazzled or angry… Everyone apologized for the wait!!..”

“Two of us went on the second day and had fried sweet potatoes (very good), a truffle burger and a regular burger. The staff was extraordinarily friendly and eager to help… It was fun and though they dress up the burgers, we agreed we didn’t have to go back, both of us enjoying regular burgers more than these. The buns have a U on them, but weren’t as good as other buns… It’s an experience, but I didn’t get hooked.”

“Our server had briefed us on the specially sourced bread, made of milk and honey and formed via a strictly calculated bread-to-meat ratio. The result is something that tastes like Hawaiian enriched sweet rolls dipped in butter (I mean this in a GOOD way, lest you cringe…just let go of your BS health rules for a second…), and does NOT obstruct your path to the innards of house-ground beef, SHREDDED lettuce, and a thin slice of mushroom sealing in this ‘umami dust’ everyone is talking about.”

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The Latest “Project” Arrives in the Village

The Greenwich Project, the third in a series of “projects” by the same group that brought the Mulberry Project to Little Italy and the Vinatta Project to the Meatpacking District is sure to please.
Opening the first week in April, the Greenwich Project will be housed in a two-story townhouse at 47 West 8th Street.

The lower level will have a lounge where cocktails of the custom and standard varieties will be served to patrons. Upstairs diners will be plied with yummy delectable from an American-style menu created by . One enticing treat customers can expect to see here is 35-day dry-aged lamb loin with curry goat cheese yogurt and diver scallops with salsify, morels and foie gras.

In keeping with the tradition set by the first two ‘project’ restaurants, a rotating gallery of artworks will be displayed on the walls.

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Ready for a Greenwich Adventure? How About CBGB?

Punk Rock Got Its Start in the Iconoclastic Bar CBGB

Punk Rock Got Its Start in the Iconoclastic Bar CBGB

Looking for something to do that is quintessentially ‘Village’? Then you must check out “CBGB.” Located at 315 Bowery at Bleeker Street, it is where you end up after taking a scenic walk down the historic Bleeker Street.

Mostly a bar, back in the day CBGB made a low risk bet when it gave a venue to the ‘not-too-good’ punk-rock band, the Ramones, and therefore launched a revolution in music. Some say that CBGB is the birthplace of the “modern hipster,” and who knows? Maybe they’re right.

So if you have a hankering for being smushed together in a less than comfortable space; perhaps having a beer or two spilled on your clothing; or feel a deep-seated need to visit one of the most horrific restrooms in town, then don’t hesitate to make a visit.  Not up for such and adventure? Try the downstairs space which affords its patrons a less ‘avant-garde’ experience.

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