Lights On…in Lower Manhattan

Written by NY Press on . Posted in News Our Town Downtown, Our Town Downtown.


With the start of autumn, it feels appropriate to welcome a new college to town. We also have two new restaurants, a clothing store and one of America’s favorite, and most plentiful, coffeehouses. If you don’t see one of these coffee shops on your street corner right now, be assured that it’s coming soon. Change is good. Change is expected. Change comes with the fall. And you know what to do if you see change, particularly a new opening or closing in Lower Manhattan: email us at tre@downtownny.com.

Openings
The King’s College
52 Broadway at Exchange Place, 212-659-7200,
tkc.edu
The King’s College, a private Christian liberal-arts school, has left its old location in a subterranean space in the Empire State Building for expanded quarters here in Lower Manhattan. They now have more classrooms, an expanded media lab, an art room and a street-level entrance. Academic programs include business administration; liberal arts; media, culture and the arts; and politics, philosophy and economics.

Grk Fresh Greek
111 Fulton St., at William St., 212-385-2010, grkfresh.com
Our newest Greek restaurant offers the following, and not particularly in this order: Meat, pitas, yogurt, tzatziki, vegetables and beverages. The shop isn’t stingy with its servings and also offers frozen yogurt, which you could eat as your entrée, like me, or as dessert, like most people. Chicken, beef, pork and lamb “yeeros” are available, as well as sides such as the Aegean slaw, rice or fries. I’ve had a chance to try both the lentil and the Greek salad and can say that both were tasty.

Starbucks
200 Water St., at John St., starbucks.com
In case you were worried you might have to walk two blocks to get your coffee fix, another Starbucks has come to Lower Manhattan, this time to Water Street. The ubiquitous retailer, which can’t seem to satisfy New Yorkers’ thirst for the ground, black stuff, now has around 20 locations in our district. Even if you don’t know the address of the nearest Starbucks, just keep walking and you’ll find one. Come in for popular seasonal specialties, such as the pumpkin spice latte, a favorite of our blog coordinator.

Sabor de Mexico
76 Nassau St., at John St., 212-227-0843,
sabordemexicogrill.com
Sabor is serving up fresh, traditional Mexican fare with salsa and sauces made from scratch every day. I like a Mexican joint that offers a hot sauce by the name of “firecracker,” but if you don’t like your burritos burning hot, other milder options are available. The restaurant serves classic Mexican foods such as fajitas, tacos, quesadillas and one of my favorites, tortas, or Mexican sandwiches. Sabor also offers several sides including cilantro lime rice and guacamole plus a small selection of beers and Mexican sodas. Catering services are available.

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