Jay Nir, inspired by the cafes in Amsterdam, recently opened River Coyote, a coffee and wine bar located on the Lower East Side.
“When I spent some time in the Netherlands several years ago, I fell head over heels in love with the Dutch culture and lifestyle—Amsterdam in particular resonated with me,” Nir said. “There was this one ‘aha! moment’ that I’ll remember forever: I saw the person to my left was sipping on a hot cup of coffee, and the person to my right was enjoying a glass of wine. And it was just normal, it didn’t matter what time it was. Everyone’s day is different after all, and it was clear to me that New York needed a place like this.”
Nir has chosen to source beans from Brooklyn-based Nobletree Coffee, which grows beans on its farm in Brazil and roasts them in Red Hook.
River Coyote currently carries 16 wines on tap, with a curated list of boutique wines from Italy, France, and New York. Except for one kosher wine, the bar doesn’t serve bottles, thus reducing waste. It offers beers from Barrier Brewing Company, Greenpoint Beer & Ale, Grimm Artisanal Ales, and Kelso Beer Company. The pastries are from Dough Doughnuts, and the cheeses are from Saxelby Cheesemongers at the Essex Market.
Open daily from 8 a.m. (wine served from 11 a.m.).
121 Ludlow St. (between Rivington & Delancey streets)
Lower East Side