Showing posts with label The Bowery Market. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Bowery Market. Show all posts

Monday, April 15, 2019

Crepes ‘n Things joins the Bowery Market


[Image via @thebowerymarket]

Crepes ‘n Things debuts today (after a friends and family event yesterday) in the Bowery Market, the year-round open-air food court at 348 Bowery and Great Jones.

Expect to find crepes, coffee (from the Brooklyn Roasting Company) and smoothies in their kiosk.

Crepes ‘n Things joins Cheska's pizza, Pinks Cantina and Sushi on Jones inside the Market, which is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; with a 10 a.m. start time on weekends.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Q&A: How Cheska Mauban came to open her namesake pizzeria in the Bowery Market

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Q&A: How Cheska Mauban came to open her namesake pizzeria in The Bowery Market



All photos by Stacie Joy

On Jan. 16, Cheska Mauban, a Queens native and recent Babson College graduate, opened her namesake pizzeria in The Bowery Market.

Cheska's pizza has a gluten-free and vegan crust — one made from cauliflower and the other sweet potato. (Find her menu here.)

Several EVG readers had heard about how Mauban launched her small business, and shared the news of her entrepreneurial skills. I reached out to ask a few questions about starting the business, which involved spending months testing her recipes on friends and family.


How did Cheska's pizza come about? What were you doing as a career at the time?

I think it was a Saturday in March last year that I was sipping on an afternoon latte at my local coffee shop while reading Ina Yalof's "Food and the City," which is a compilation of short stories from anyone to everyone working in the New York City food scene, from The Halal Guys to James Beard chefs.

Growing up in NYC, I've always been fascinated with the dynamic food scene and like any New Yorker, I took full advantage of it and now I wanted to take a deeper behind-the-scenes look. Fortunately, for lunch that day, I bought a frozen cauliflower crust pizza from my local grocery store and threw it in the oven after dousing it with sauce and cheese.

So, while going from short story to the next, I kept thinking about my lunch and where I could get this healthier option without having to put it in the oven myself. I did some light research and couldn't find any options.

From here, my entrepreneurial juices started flowing, because I remembered that for the past two weeks I spoke with associates at the grocery store about re-stocking the cauliflower crust shelves because they were empty! Not only did I graduate from Babson College, the nation's top school for entrepreneurship, but I also currently worked at a financial technology startup that constantly challenged me to think creatively.

Piecing the puzzle together, I came to the conclusion that NYC needs a place to serve cauliflower crust pizzas for takeout. For the next couple of months, I spent my evenings and weekends running through 100 different recipes to nail down the perfect combination to maintain 1.5 servings of cauliflower, but to also make sure it can hold like a pizza.

For anyone who has ventured through this rabbit hole of making cauliflower crust at home... you know the struggle of admitting defeat to a mushy pizza. Along the way, I decided that there needed to be some variety, so after another 100 iterations, the sweet potato crust was created.

What kind of culinary background did you have?

Full disclosure — I had zero culinary training. But what made up for it were my countless meals across diverse cuisines throughout the five boroughs: my palette was at least well-trained.

However, I looked to a close college friend, Chris Quach, who's an aspiring chef with the Altamarea Group for some free advice on flavor profile and devising my menu.

For a few months, I held private tastings with family and friends and gathered feedback. From there, the crusts changed a bit more and so did the sauce. I also decided to offer a fully gluten-free menu, because I learned that no other pizzerias were strictly gluten-free. That decision was another avenue to show our community of health forward eaters that delicious food is possible for any person, no matter the dietary restriction.



Why did you decide on The Bowery Market to open your business?

We specifically chose The Bowery Market for two reasons. One, it's a charming open-air market with blossoming roses and it sits on the corner of an iconic street.

And two, the "cozy" — euphemism for "small" — kiosk allowed for a relatively easy build-out, which subsequently led to the quickest launch possible. This way, we can dive into proving the food concept even more and also ironing out all the business kinks. Because of my Babson education, I learned to adopt the mantra "fail fast."

There are [also] so many great family-run restaurant supply stores on the Bowery. Whenever we need anything it's a hop and skip away to some friendly faces who have it.





To date, what has been the most challenging part of launching your business? The most rewarding part?

This is the first time I'm ever starting my own restaurant and it's from a very clean slate. Even though I have tons of mentors, consultants, supporters and an awesome crew managing daily operations, I have no co-founders to divide the burden of responsibilities.

All the pressure sits on my shoulders, which is both the biggest challenge AND also the most rewarding part. On lonely days, it seems like no one else can possibly understand the struggle and anxiety I face with even the smallest decision of which plastic take-out bags to order. And on great days, the tiniest win of a customer explaining how our pizzas are perfect for his keto lifestyle and grabbing a menu for later, gives me a massive boost of energy and motivation.



What are your long-term plans for Cheska's?

The Bowery Market location is certainly just the beginning. Every day of operation is laying down one more brick in the foundation for a bigger vision of inspiring healthier habits through nutritious food all across New York and beyond. We're learning everything there is to learn about running a restaurant at a fast pace and when the weather turns, we'll assess where Cheska's second location will be.

In this business, we're also learning that nothing is set in stone and that we need to be nimble, so we have a repository of ideas that we keep from customer and mentor feedback. For example, customers have asked us if we sell my pizzas frozen and ready to pop in the oven themselves. It's a far ways out to think about doing that, but hey, you never know.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Cheska's pizza now serving in the Bowery Market


[EVG file photo]

Cheska's is the newest tenant (as of Jan. 16) in the Bowery Market, the year-round open-air food court at 348 Bowery and Great Jones.

Here's more about Cheska's style of pizza (via the Cheska's website):

Cheska's pizza has a gluten-free and vegan crust. It's an elevated offering. Cheska’s two main crusts are cauliflower and sweet potato. Both crusts are available in an 8-inch personal size or a 12-inch shareable pie. We also serve riced cauliflower bowls.

This is the first full-time space for Cheska's, owned and operated by Cheska Mauban, a Queens native who fine-tuned her own recipes to create the menu here.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Pinks Cantina opening in the Bowery Market



Pinks Cantina will be the latest vendor to join the Bowery Market, the year-round open-air food court at 348 Bowery and Great Jones.

The taco shop is an extension of Pinks Bar & Grill, which opened in the fall of 2014 on 10th Street near First Avenue.

The Cantina is taking over the space last held by Dosa Royale, which lasted less than a year here.

The Market launched in July 2016 with five vendors. Alidoro, the only original tenant, recently vacated its space (as did Oaxaca Comida Calle). The remaining vendors are Sushi on Jones, Fruitsand and L’Arte del Gelato.

Pinks Cantina had been planning on opening a taco shop on Chrystie Street last fall. Not sure what the status is of that location at the moment.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

2 new vendors for the Bowery Market



The Bowery Market, the year-round open-air food court at 348 Bowery and Great Jones, has welcomed two new vendors.

The Fruitsand opened earlier this spring. According to their listing at the Bowery Market website, they sell "special sandwiches made with Japanese milky bread called Shokupan, organic fruits and handmade whipped cream. Japanese food that has a long history of over 100 years."


On Saturday, L’Arte del Gelato, which has locations in the Chelsea Market as well as near several museums, will debut here.



A Bowery Market rep told me that they'll be adding one or two more vendors this summer.

The Market launched in July 2016 with five vendors. Alidoro is the only original tenant left. The other vendors are Sushi on Jones, Oaxaca Comida Calle and Dosa Royale.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Openings: Ummburger, the Fern, Kokus, though just through Sunday



Ummburger opened this week at 99 First Avenue at Sixth Street.

As the name implies, this place sells a variety of burgers as well as salads. Here's a look at their menu from the Ummburger website...


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The drinks menu includes what they are calling "Ummazing Chalices," 38-ounce fish bowl cocktails on dry ice, including the Mari Juana, which pairs apple, pineapple, kiwi liquid smoke and vodka. ($25).

The previous tenant at this address, Mancora, moved across Sixth Street this past summer.

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The Fern is now open at 166 First Ave. near 10th Street. The bar-restuarant is from the same folks who run the Belfry on 14th Street between Second Avenue and Third Avenue. Don't know anything else about the place at the moment. The Fern only has a placeholder website at this moment.

This address was previously, in fairly quick succession, North River and The Nite Owl, which closed in September 2015.

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And Kokus, billed as NYC's "first plant-based soft serve with organic cultured coconut cream and lightly sweetened with raw honey," is serving its wares through Sunday at the Bowery Market, 348 Bowery at Great Jones. (They started on Wednesday.)

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

At the Bowery Market, Parantha Alley exits, Dosa Royale enters



Parantha Alley has not been open this month at the Bowery Market, the year-round open-air food court at 348 Bowery and Great Jones.

Turns out to be a permanent closure for the vendors who specialize in Indian street food. (They opened here in May.)

A rep for the Bowery Market told me that the owners of Parantha Alley had a health issue and needed to end their lease here.

However, the space won't be empty long. Per the rep: "It was clear the neighborhood enjoyed Indian food at the market. Therefore, we are welcoming Dosa Royale of Brooklyn to the market shortly who will carry on with Indian food and bring an even more expanded menu of Indian food offerings."

The Dosa Royale name has been added to the food stall.



Here's New York magazine with some thoughts on Dosa Royale:

The menu is lengthy, with plenty of vegetarian options, dosas, and curries. South Indian favorites like ulunthu vada, a fried lentil doughnut, and kothu parotta — flaky flatbread layered with onion, eggs, spices, and yogurt — are must-orders. (Avoid the idly, a steamed rice cake that’s pucklike with a microwaved quality to it.) Skip the curries in favor of the namesake dish, the gigantic dosa royale, a savory crêpe made from fermented rice and lentils that is quite literally larger than the width of the table and filled with spiced potatoes and a tangy shredded paneer and spinach mixture, as well as mixed vegetables.

The Market launched in July 2016 with five vendors... and since then, the mini outposts of Champion Coffee, The Butcher's Daughter, Pulqueria and now Parantha Alley have moved on.

Dosa Royale will join current vendors Alidoro, Sushi on Jones and Oaxaca Comida Calle.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Parantha Alley opens in the Bowery Market today



Parantha Alley, a regular on the Brooklyn food-fair circuit, debuts today at the Bowery Market, the year-round open-air food court at 348 Bowery and Great Jones.

Parantha Alley serves Indian flat bread with a variety of fillings. (Their menu is here.)

Colleen Kong-Savage created the mural...


Parantha Alley joins Alidoro and Sushi on Jones here. The Market launched last July with five vendors... and since then, the mini outposts of Champion Coffee, The Butcher's Daughter and Pulqueria have moved on, as previously noted.

Previously on EV Grieve:
A winterized Bowery Market, now down to 3 vendors

The Bowery Market opens today with 5 year-round food vendors

A new vendor for the Bowery Market

Thursday, April 20, 2017

A new vendor for the Bowery Market



On Tuesday, an EVG reader shared these photos ... showing a new mural in the works at the Bowery Market, the year-round open-air food court at 348 Bowery and Great Jones...



The mural (by @KongSavage) marks the imminent arrival of a new vendor — Parantha Alley, a regular on the Brooklyn food-fair circuit. (BoweryBoogie first reported on this yesterday.) The folks at Parantha Alley serve Indian flat bread with a variety of fillings. (Their menu is here.)



The Market launched last July with five vendors... and since then, the mini outposts of Champion Coffee, The Butcher's Daughter and Pulqueria have all shut down, as we noted last month.

Parantha Alley will join the remaining two vendors — Alidoro and Sushi on Jones. Signage at the Bowery Market note that there will be new vendors here this spring.

Previously on EV Grieve:
A winterized Bowery Market, now down to 3 vendors

The Bowery Market opens today with 5 year-round food vendors

Monday, March 6, 2017

New vendors for the Bowery Market this spring



The Bowery Market, the year-round open-air food market at 348 Bowery and Great Jones, is now down to two vendors.

The Market launched last July with five vendors... and since then, the mini outposts of Champion Coffee, The Butcher's Daughter and, most recently, Pulqueria have closed. The remaining spots are Alidoro and Sushi on Jones.

However, the sign out front notes that additional vendors will be arriving this spring...



Previously on EV Grieve:
A winterized Bowery Market, now down to 3 vendors

The Bowery Market opens today with 5 year-round food vendors

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

A winterized Bowery Market, now down to 3 vendors


[Photos from Saturday]

The Bowery Market opened to great fanfare this past July ... the open-air food market at 348 Bowery and Great Jones was billed as a year-round destination. This past Friday, workers finally winterized the space that features several quick-serve kiosks with several stools at each food stand...



The Market opened with five vendors — Alidoro, Champion Coffee, The Butcher's Daughter, Pulqueria and Sushi on Jones... and at the moment, they are down to three.

A note on the The Butcher's Daughter website says they are closed for the winter. They shut down last fall with "closed for renovations" notices. This coincided with a visit by the DOH, who ordered the restaurant closed for several "critical violations," including "Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred."



Meanwhile, Champion Coffee has not been open in recent weeks... paper covers the windows...



The space looks to have been cleared out... and the Bowery Market is no longer listed as a location on the Champion Coffee website...



Meanwhile, for the remaining vendors, the listed hours are daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sushi on Jones received a positive review from the Times back in the fall. And we've heard from several people who say they like the sandwiches at Alidoro.

The address had been without a full-time tenant since Downtown Auto & Tire left in April 2012.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Please meet the next corner of the Bowery primed for something luxurious

Downtown Auto & Tire has left the Bowery

Rumors: 348 Bowery will house new food market

Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Bowery Market opens today with 5 year-round food vendors



The open-air food market that we've been writing about at 348 Bowery and Great Jones is opening today... workers were making last-minute preparations yesterday afternoon, as these photos by an EVG reader show...



The Bowery Market, which will be open year round, features five vendors. Here's more about what to expect in the 1,000-square-foot space via Zagat:

The five vendors include favorites like sandwich king Alidoro, Greenpoint's Champion Coffee, LA import The Butcher's Daughter, Chinatown Mexican hotspot Pulqueria and the return of former Sushi Dojo chef David Bouhadana with Sushi on Jones.

At Alidoro, you can expect over 20 Italian sandwiches and salads including their Fratelli D’Italia with porchetta, basil pesto, fresh mozzarella, hot spread, sweet peppers, and arugula​. Butcher's Daughter will offer healthy veggie-focused options like juices, macro bowls and breakfast burritos. Head to Pulqueria for tacos and their famous Granada de Piña, a Mexican pina colada made with chili spices and pulque (fermented sap of the agave plant), served in a frozen, cored pineapple​. Sushi on Jones will offer fresh nigiri sushi and Champion Coffee will offer signature drinks like Maple Cortado: milk, maple syrup and espresso​ in addition to classic coffee drinks.


[Photo by Ken Moore via Zagat]

The quick-serve kiosks will feature limited seating in the form of stools at each food stand as well as several benches on the premises.

Eater notes that this project comes courtesy of real-estate developer Scott Marano of Ozymandius Realty.

The Bowery Market's hours are daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The address has been without a full-time tenant since Downtown Auto & Tire left in April 2012. The Deth Killers of Bushwick opened a pop-up shop here in February 2014, selling their brand of jeans and motorcycle stuff for several months. There was also the Nike pop-up shop in February 2015.

There were other proposed concepts for the space, which has been on and off the market for several years. In July 2010, a group aspired to open the first New York branch of Segafredo Zanetti Espresso Café, the Italian-style coffee bar, on this spot. They went before CB2, who rejected the proposal, which included a patio with a retractable roof with soundproofing as well as sound-resistant sliding doors.

Zagat noted that "remnants of the former body shop remain including graffiti."

Previously on EV Grieve:
Please meet the next corner of the Bowery primed for something luxurious

The last days of the Downtown Auto and Tire?

The Bowery to get a South Beach diet

Making Faces at the Downtown Tire & Auto Center

Downtown Auto & Tire has left the Bowery

Rumors: 348 Bowery will house new food market

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Former Downtown Auto space continues conversion to open-air food market



Work continues at 348 Bowery, where workers are transforming part of the former Downtown Auto & Tire left into an open-air food market... the new fence arrived last week... and the kiosks are coming together...



As we first reported on Feb. 1, the corner lot at Great Jones will showcase several quick-serve food vendors. BoweryBoogie noted yesterday that the space will be called — The Bowery Market.

The website for the market doesn't include any details on the vendors. Essex Street's Cabilito Pupuseria was said to be a participant. (Their crowdfunding campaign for a food stand has yielded $230 of a $18,000 goal.)

No word either on an opening date.

The address has been without a full-time tenant since Downtown Auto & Tire left in April 2012. The Deth Killers of Bushwick opened a pop-up shop here in February 2014, selling their brand of jeans and motorcycle stuff for several months.

Hopefully The Bowery Market will be a much more viable space than Boutiques on Bowery was across the street.