Showing posts with label : East Village streetscenes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label : East Village streetscenes. Show all posts

Monday, July 20, 2020

Monday's parting shot

A view earlier today of La Plaza Cultural on Avenue C and Ninth Street via Vinny & O...

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Today's free show in Tompkins Square Park

SOS & Friends are hosting a free concert — a little rock, metal and punk — in Tompkins Square Park this afternoon in the usual place.

The lineup:

2:30 p.m. — Phantom Rocket
3 p.m. — SOS NYC
3:30 p.m. — Drownyard
4 p.m. — Final Siege
4: 30 p.m. — Blueblack
5 p.m. — Violent in Black
5:30 p.m. — Crimshaw

Part 2 is Sept. 14.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Che Cafe returns as Benny's Burritos & Empanadas on 7th Street

Back on Jan. 10, Derek Berg spotted workers installing the Cafe Che winterized doorway on the front of the new East Village Playhouse on Sixth Street.

Not a good sign, at least for Cafe Che, which then went dark.

I asked owner Mark Merker, who launched Harry's and Benny's Burritos in 1987, what was happening with Cafe Che. He started selling empanada pocket and other items last April at 86 E. Seventh St. just west of First Avenue.

[Photo of Merker from last April by Steven]

"Right now we are in a pause," he said, and that he hoped to return in a few weeks with an expanded menu.

And yesterday, Cafe Che was back. As Jeremiah Moss first reported, the space is now going as Benny's Burritos & Empanadas.

The expanded menu will eventually include burritos and empanadas, along with tacos, chicken tortilla soup and more. Merker told me last night that the burritos will be on the menu in a few weeks.

So some good news for fans of Benny's, which closed on Avenue A and Sixth Street after 27 years in business in November 2014. (The Benny's to-go space next door closed in February 2015.)

Oh, and what about the Cafe Che winterized doorway? "That needed to come down because of a complaint called in to 311," Merker told me.

Previously on EV Grieve:
A look at Che Cafe, home of empanada pouches

Friday, September 14, 2012


On East 13th Street this morning via EVG reader Jed...

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Your work is done here, assholes

Here on East Seventh Street and First Avenue... someone broke off the 7-foot sunflower about to bloom... and there is a note for that person now...

Thanks to EVG reader Raquel Shapira for the photo...

Monday, November 23, 2009

The ramenators continue the branding process

The folks at May Chan Ramen & Robatayaki on Second Avenue and Seventh Street (the former Love Saves the Day location) have introduced a new logo for its charmless brown storefront and bricked-up windows...

Flashback to this spot last year...