Tuesday, December 17, 2013

On Avenue A, Flea Market Cafe is now Ten Degrees Bistro



Back on Thanksgiving, we noticed that a worker was painting over the Flea Market Cafe sign on Avenue A...



And that's the last time we thought about it… until EVG regular Bayou pointed out the restaurant's chalkboard sign from Sunday … with a new name — Ten Degrees Bistro...



Ten Degrees management made the announcement on their Facebook page back on Dec. 1.

To all our patrons & friends, we would like to announce that the bistro we purchased last Spring, The Flea Market Bistro, was finally approved a name change and hence forward shall be known as TEN DEGREES BISTRO. YAAY..so excited!!!!! ..we have fantastic new additions to the Brunch and dinner menu...

The folks at Ten Degrees Bar around the corner on St. Mark's took over operations of the restaurant ... with a reopening this past March.

Here is the Bistro's new menu.

Flea Market Cafe closed in August 2011 after all that arson business.

Previously on EV Grieve:
New-look Flea Market Cafe shows itself on Avenue A; reopens March 11

Flea Market Cafe reopens today, and here's the menu

Was the fire at Flea Market yesterday suspicious?

18 comments:

THE NOTORIOUS L.I.B.E.R.A.T.I.O.N. said...

They ruined Flea Market so they can call it Empire Biscuit for all I care.

ahoy polloi said...

Agreed! What was a great little French spot is now a run-of-the-mill, all-you-can-drink brunch spot for the woo crowd. Sad.

Anonymous said...

...yep, something is different. Haven't been back.

e said...

It was all just ruse to get the full liquor license when they bought it from the previous owner and management and say they'll continue operating it as "Flea Market". Pretended that it'll still be the same and affordable menu that both the locals and transients can enjoy. But now it's just another trendeatery they'll just be catering to the wealthy transients, much like any other trendeatries that open-up in the EV. It was their plan all along. This is just a variation of bait and switch Jane's Sweet Buns. And I guess they're trying to distance themselves from the "Flea Narket" name because of the bad reviews they've been getting for ruining the place. It's like Worldcom and Stringer's heroin enterprise in "The Wire" -- they lost credibility and changed the name to escape the bad rap it was getting and low consumer credibility. Great business plan and idea in their part. It's all about profits nowadays in Bloomberg's NYC -- no regard to the neighborhood or establishing a community, we're just consumers, not citizens.

John M said...

If people knew the way the new ownership has behaved in its business arrangement with the previous owners, this place would be getting boycotted. It may be borderline legal, but it's incredibly unethical and nasty, especially under the circumstances. I'll never set foot in there, ever.

Anonymous said...

This place is one of the ugliest strip joints around!!!
Flea Market was great.

Mosca Eleven

Anonymous said...

10 Degrees was already a terrible, corny name on St. Marks, you should have just kept it Flea Market.

bowboy said...

Over priced. Not enough foodies to keep it afloat and the locals will never support it. Not gonna work. I'll give 'em a year before this place is up for rent again. Next!

Anonymous said...

Far too expensive! I can eat for a week for the price of one meal here. Will not be supporting this.

- East Villager

Anonymous said...

Been going to Flea Market for years and frankly the last owner was drowning in debt and so distraught over the lack of business that... well you know the story. I am always saddened to hear of a closing but cannot help but laugh when people get all high and mighty that a place closed and how they won't support the new place - yada yada.

Guys the place would have stayed open had it had enough business. This is our faults. We didn't frequent it enough. We didn't bring enough business. Take some responsibility.

I'm glad it was taken over and is still there in a new incarnation. The staff are really nice. Brunch is yummy. And I love the location because it's so close to my house.

Yes, neighborhoods change. It's a fact of life. Yeah, I'm happy that Tompkins Square Park isn't Needle Park anymore too. So, take a different tact - Do your part to help your favorite spots by supporting local businesses. YOUR local businesses.

Just a thought.

Anonymous said...

I am always saddened to hear of a someone taking over and take advantage of a place but cannot help but laugh when someone from the ownership get all high and mighty that a place "saved" the "local" business and how the locals should support his/her new business - yada yada. Local my ass. This ne place will be catering to anyone, esp. the ones with money, but the locals.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, the staff are nice, if you're this rock-n-roll hipster wannabe from Brooklyn giving you free drinks and shots, and the bartendress will be googly eyeing you and have your undivided attention while she is surly and ignores other patrons, esp. if you're with an elderly from the neighborhood. Did they hire the PR guy from them biscuit boys puff-up this place?

Anonymous said...

I went to Flea Market two weeks ago and had an overpriced, poorly prepared, indifferently served meal. Grilled fish that was raw/cold in the middle, sent back, and came back cooked but mushy--inedible. Just bad.

Anonymous said...

Wait, so the Previous owner burns the place down could have killed everyone in the building, so they slap a felony on him and he ends up in jail, his poor wife & family are left penniless and then shut down / out of business and the whole thing is the new owners fault? Sure , that makes complete sense. Therefore I agree, The new owner is a complete ass if he lets any people with money into his establishment and this horrible new place should subsidies all elderly folks and those living on food stamps. And Then he can / should tell his greedy landlord to jump in the lake cause the landlord should help him, since poor people don't have money and he can't pay the bills...

9:15 am said...

Yes, the previous owner was in debt but not because Flea Market wasn't making any money, it was doing well. I love how the new owner of this place takes advantage of the previous owner's vulnerability and manipulates him, bad mouths him in the internet after the fact, anonymously, and portrays himself to be a hero. No discretion. Shows real class. Just an indication of how the new place would be run, bunch of horseshit and fakery. Just admit that you've been called out on your arrogance and and self-importance and just served those moneyed naive bridge and tunnelers and NYU kids. Nice going establishing yourself into the community.

Anonymous said...

Right, like ALL the locals in the neighborhood are elderly and/or are receiving food stamps. GTFO of here!

Anonymous said...

The owner of Ten Degrees just outed himself as an insolent, cantankerous, boorish, egotistical wanker. And it shows with everything about this bistro -- from the menu, to its, staff, and service.

Anonymous said...

They need to have a sign that says: "We don't serve your kind, if you're over 40 or an inner city local."

And ditto to what John M. said.