Cafe Gitani Folks Looking to Open Antonioni’s at 177 Chrystie

Posted on: December 8th, 2011 at 6:41 am by

At the recently-vacated 177 Chrystie Street, forklifts and palettes are a thing of the past. As are deliveries and distributions.  No more warehouse hustle-bustle here. And while Mikco Building Supply is forever busy, silence has reigned across the street since the end of the summer, when the commercial property was put up for rent via NYCRS.

This image has been archived or removed.

Upon publication of the listing, brokers pitched the 5,000 square-foot space as more of a “prime” restaurant opportunity, with a price tag of $12,750 per month. There were even simplistic renderings that illustrated as much, including idealistic hopes of luxe glass exteriors. Now, that vision is seemingly a step closer to being realized at the southwest corner of Chrystie and Rivington.

This image has been archived or removed.

Indeed, 177 Chyrstie Street is now agenda item #17 on the December SLA docket for Community Board 3.  An entity called Antonioni’s is presently seeking a full on-premise liquor license for a “family style Italian restaurant.” This successor plans to be open daily from 11 am to 2 am, with nine total tables and a twenty-two-foot U-shaped bar.

This image has been archived or removed.

But there’s more! A look at the paperwork [PDF] reveals that the corporate entity behind Antonioni’s also operates the hipper-than-thou Cafe Gitane at 242 Mott Street (and in the Jane Hotel). With this latest entrant in a pool that includes the likes of the deplorable Chrystie 141, the Box, and forthcoming Experimental Cocktail Club, Chrystie Street is swiftly reviving itself as a destination anew.  Residents, beware.

Recent Stories

‘26Red’ Revives ‘90s Streetwear with Orchard Street Boutique

The nineties called, it wants its apparel brand back. Indeed, the recent resurgence of 26Red this year – revived from obscurity by owner John Bernard – has resulted in a new Lower East Side boutique. There is now a dedicated, 600 square-foot store at 145 Orchard Street in Hell Square. (Inside the former DaRucci leather […]

101 Delancey Street Sells for $10.4M

An anchor tenement on situated on Delancey Street within the orbit of Essex Crossing just changed hands. The pre-war “Karg Building” at 101 Delancey – with Popeyes and HSBC bank on the ground floor – is now under the ownership of investor Zack Hering of 33 Equities. His company spent $10.4 million on the transaction. […]

Armed Man in Wheelchair Fires Shots into Crowd on Madison Street

An armed man in a wheelchair allegedly fired shots into a crowd of people outside a Lower East Side bodega Friday night, police said. Leroy Mensah, 28, brandished a (stolen) 9mm gun outside the Stop 1 Deli on Madison Street and Rutgers Street shortly before 10:00pm on Friday. Officers on patrol reportedly chased down the […]

City Preps East River Park Demolition Ahead of Coastal Resiliency Project

It has come to this. The southern section of East River Park is now fenced off, ready for its destruction and rebirth. Barely a week after a temporary restraining order in place since November was overturned on appeal, the city is now ready to begin resiliency work inside East River Park. Fences are up and […]

Homeless Shelter for Chinatown Elderly Planned for East Broadway

Following a trend set during the pandemic, a former Chinatown hotel will soon be reborn as a homeless shelter. Nonprofits Asian Americans for Equality and Care for the Homeless have partnered to create the new “Safe Haven” facility, located in the former Hotel 91 on East Broadway. According to its FAQ mailer, the new safe […]