Saturday, August 30, 2014

Coffee/Bar

Prima blends downers and uppers downtown



Certain killjoys over at the FDA say that mixing caffeine with your good friend alcohol is a "bad idea."

But how are you supposed to fist-pump into the haze of early morning without a pile of crushed Four Loko cans beneath your feet?

Well, thank the Father, the Son, and the Holy Joose for Prima, a new all-day spot serving up both expertly crafted cocktails and, within the coming weeks, criminally powerful coffee.

The java is the cult coffee from Ninth Street Espresso, but until that arrives, you'll need to content yourself with stronger drink.

To wit: A gin-prosecco elixir called The Last Cocktail (don't worry, it's not literal) and the cinnamon-and-rye-fortified Mancini will have you Baby-Elephant-Walking down 1st Street.

Or fist-pumping. But this isn't really a Bumpits scene.

In the kitchen, Motorino's Mathieu Palombino cooks up simple, sweet fruits of the Mediterranean: octopus with olives and feta, crisp-tender crab cakes, and sea bass slathered with something mysteriously dubbed "green condiment."

No, we don't know what's in it. But it probably can't be recycled into auto fuel.

Prima
58 E. 1st St. (2nd Ave.), The Bowery. (646-559-4823)
primanyc.net

Price:
3 out of 4 Noise: 2 out of 4
Subway: F to 2nd Ave.
Scene: Everyone sick of the Cult of Prune next door.
Best bets: Octopus; sea scallops; Mancini cocktail
Decaf Time: Breakfast and brunch service — along with the coffee — is still on the way. In the meantime, cocktails start at 5p.
Nearby: Angelika Film Center; Little Muenster; Saxon + Parole

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