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River Coyote Is a Rare Beast: A Coffee Shop That Doubles as a Wine Bar

(Photo: Michael Tulipan)

(Photo: Michael Tulipan)

Jay Nir was chilling in a café in Amsterdam some years ago when he noticed that the person to his right was sipping coffee while the person to his left was quaffing wine. He’s hoping that ever-so-European comingling of caffeine cravers and liquor lovers will be a common sight at River Coyote, which he opened today on the Lower East Side.

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Smile! Cafe Grumpy Is Coming to Nolita

(Courtesy of Cafe Grumpy)

(Courtesy of Cafe Grumpy)

Cafe Grumpy, the Greenpoint coffee roaster that shot to fame as Ray and Hannah’s place of employment in Girls, is opening a seventh shop in Nolita. The roaster just signed a lease at the Brewster Carriage House, the luxury condo building on the corner of Mott and Broome where John Legend lives.

News of the 15-year lease comes via broker Eastern Consolidated. The 19th-century building was once home to a factory that built carriages used by the Astors, Vanderbilts, J.P. Morgan, and Abraham Lincoln, the press release notes.

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Sweetleaf Is Opening a Roastery-Cafe in a Greenpoint Warehouse

(Photo courtesy of Sweetleaf)

(Photo courtesy of Sweetleaf)

Williamsburg just got a roastery-cafe specializing in Colombian beans, and now Greenpoint is getting one.

Sweetleaf is opening the dual operation off of Manhattan Avenue, and its owner, New York native Rich Nieto, says this one won’t be like some of the national and international operations that have landed in Brooklyn lately. “I think it’ll probably have more of a local feel,” he says of his roastery-cafe. “I don’t get a local feel from companies that have to cross the ocean to get here and then they open up and then say, ‘We’re your local coffee shop.'”
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#Twinning: Spot Dessert Bar Will Now Have Two Spots On St. Marks

IMG_0743Spot Dessert Bar, the wildly popular sweets destination on St. Marks Place, is expanding just a few doors down.

Over the weekend, we spotted a banner indicating Spot was taking over the nook that formerly belonged to Jum Mum. Today, workers were revamping the space for what creative director Aop Sridaranop told us would be a Dec. 1 opening.
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This ‘Aussiepreneur’ Serves Flat Whites, Is On the Rise

(Photo: Alexander Hall's Instagram)

(Photo: Alexander Hall’s Instagram)

In the month of May, Alexander Hall opened Rosella on the Lower East Side and Brunswick in Bed-Stuy, but he ain’t done yet: “There’s another Brunswick opening in Windsor Terrace in early August,” says the chatty Australian. “Then there’s two more in Harlem towards the end of the year.”
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Nine Greenpoint Coffee Shops Stayed Up Past Their Bedtimes

<a href=https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tar-Pit/213736618637163><b>Tar Pit</b></a> (135 Woodpoint Rd) served Ploughshares Coffee and vegan treats. <a href=http://www.reverbnation.com/jessecohen>Jesse Cohen</a> played an acoustic set.

Tar Pit (135 Woodpoint Rd) served Ploughshares Coffee and vegan treats. Jesse Cohen played an acoustic set.

<a href=http://www.charlottepatisserie.com/><b>Charlotte Patisserie</b></a> (596 Manhattan Ave) served tasty cream puffs and Counter Culture coffee while Nicole Stanley’s vintage pop-up shop, <a href=http://greenpointers.com/2013/11/05/coffees-night-out-cultural-events-map-1110/'In%20Carrie's%20Closet'>In Carrie’s Closet</a>, sold colorful dresses and coconut purses.

Charlotte Patisserie (596 Manhattan Ave) served tasty cream puffs and Counter Culture coffee while Nicole Stanley’s vintage pop-up shop, In Carrie’s Closet, sold colorful dresses and coconut purses.

<a href=https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cafe-Edna/489543887788991><b>Café Edna</b></a><strong> </strong>(195 Nassau Ave) offered sweet maple mochas ($4) made with Toby’s Estate Coffee, accompanied by poetry, spoken word, and musical performances.

Café Edna (195 Nassau Ave) offered sweet maple mochas ($4) made with Toby’s Estate Coffee, accompanied by poetry, spoken word, and musical performances.

The menu at Cafe Edna.

The menu at Cafe Edna.

<a href=http://www.adelinasbk.com/><b>Adelina’s</b></a> (159 Greenpoint Ave) served its regular menu and Blue Bottle Coffee, in addition to a sweet mulled wine. For the occasion, a video installation by Gabrielle Muller was projected on the back wall. Many cats starred in the artwork.

Adelina’s (159 Greenpoint Ave) served its regular menu and Blue Bottle Coffee, in addition to a sweet mulled wine. For the occasion, a video installation by Gabrielle Muller was projected on the back wall. Many cats starred in the artwork.

<a href=http://cargocollective.com/propellercoffee><b>Propeller Coffee</b></a> (984 Manhattan Ave) went all out with its “Mad Men” theme, handing out sketchbooks and markers alongside Parlor Coffee espresso drinks so guests could sketch the 1950s-dressed models (baristas) who sat for portraits.

Propeller Coffee (984 Manhattan Ave) went all out with its “Mad Men” theme, handing out sketchbooks and markers alongside Parlor Coffee espresso drinks so guests could sketch the 1950s-dressed models (baristas) who sat for portraits.

<a href=http://spinanyc.tumblr.com/><b>Spina</b></a> (107 Franklin St), the mash-up flower shop/coffee shop, also served Blue Bottle while guests crowded in to listen to <a href=http://gordonkenny.tumblr.com/>Gordon Kenny</a> rock out on a vintage '80s keyboard. He was followed by Rob Bellcycle, described as

Spina (107 Franklin St), the mash-up flower shop/coffee shop, also served Blue Bottle while guests crowded in to listen to Gordon Kenny rock out on a vintage '80s keyboard. He was followed by Rob Bellcycle, described as "acoustic indie folk meets hyperactive unicorn meltdown. Come for the cello, stay for the tears."

<a href=http://www.cafecitobogota.com/><b>Cafecito Bogotá</b></a> (1015 Manhattan Ave) served their Gillies, their regular Colombian brew, and prepared coffee cocktails to accompany jazz and slam poetry performances.

Cafecito Bogotá (1015 Manhattan Ave) served their Gillies, their regular Colombian brew, and prepared coffee cocktails to accompany jazz and slam poetry performances.

 <a href=http://www.championcoffee.net/><b>Champion</b></a> (1108 Manhattan Ave) provided complimentary fall beverages, a special cider in addition to its own Champion coffee, and local treats like bread pudding made from Peter Pan doughnuts.

 Champion (1108 Manhattan Ave) provided complimentary fall beverages, a special cider in addition to its own Champion coffee, and local treats like bread pudding made from Peter Pan doughnuts.

<a href=http://cafegrumpy.com/><b>Café Grumpy</b></a><strong> </strong>(193 Meserole Ave) had art on display, but the real treat was <a href=http://www.nickdemopoulos.com/>Nick Demopoulus</a> playing the <a href=http://www.nickdemopoulos.com/smomid.html> Smomid</a>, a musical device he created.

Café Grumpy (193 Meserole Ave) had art on display, but the real treat was Nick Demopoulus playing the  Smomid, a musical device he created.

This past weekend, nine coffee shops curated by Greenpointers offered special menus, treats, and live performances during the neighborhood’s first-ever celebration of its local cafés. It all happened around (where else?) Java Street. Click through our slideshow to relive Coffee’s Night Out.

Photos by Melissa Kravitz

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Where to Chill Like a Williamsburg Internet Mogul, Per the Google Killers at Karta

A sneak peek at Karta.

A sneak peek at Karta.

It’s hard to keep track of everything this city has to offer and it’s hard to effectively brag about all the cool places you go if no one (not even you) knows where those places are. That’s why two Williamsburg residents – Samia Saleem and Dana Steffe – invented Karta, a shareable mapping system that allows users to make and trade maps of all their favorite spots.
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Hi-Collar Opens Tomorrow With the Blingiest Bathroom Ever

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Pour-over coffee, anyone?

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Hi Collar's bathroom door. (Photo: Natalie Rinn)

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Bon Yagi isn’t Osaka’s latest Bon Jovi cover band. He’s the “mayor of Japantown” who quietly owns, oh, pretty much every Japanese joint in the East Village: Robataya, Decibel, the list goes on.

After a quiet test run last week, he’ll open Hi-Collar tomorrow in the old Rai Rai Ken space (another Yagi venture, now relocated two doors down). The bar-cafe is a slim portal to Japan’s jazz, or “Taisho,” era, when western fashion and food first made inroads – up to a point.
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