Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Milk Street Cafe Preview

Boston-based restaurant and catering company, Milk Street Cafe, hosted a private preview event last night at their soon-to-be opened New York City location in the Trump Building at 40 Wall Street.  Unlike their Boston outpost, the Manhattan space will introduce a brand new concept for the company: a 23,000 square foot ‘food hall’ featuring a high-end selection of gourmet cuisine with an international scope.  

The 15,000 square foot kitchen will include a barista station, made-to-order breakfasts, made-from-scratch breads, desserts and pastries, pasta bar, Asian specialties, sushi bar, two create-your-own salad bars (one vegetarian, one not), homemade soups, a grill, a rotisserie and a carving station.  The diverse menu is the brainchild of Executive Chef, Steven Mettle. 

According to the restaurant's owner, Marc Epstein, it's all about the customer experience at Milk Street. Keeping that in mind, the space will introduce all kinds of innovations such as Produce Soak Sinks (they will be the first in NYC to install a sophisticated whirlpool system for cleaning fruits and vegetables), Flat Technology tables (making it the first NYC restaurant to use this new invention from Australia), Line Busters (a hand held checkout system to speed-up the payment process for those using credit cards), and a website that will allow customers to sort by dietary needs (ie: if a customer is vegan, it will automatically eliminate all non-vegan items from the menu).

At the preview event, guests were treated to guided-tours of the space, interviews with the owner, as well as select hors d'oeuvres based off of the menu like brushetta and risotto, fresh sushi and sashimi, and specialty dessert smoothies like strawberry-banana, vanilla bean, and mocha espresso.  
Stay tuned for the grand opening on June 23rd. The Milk Street Cafe Food Hall will hold an event for the public from 10am-11am, including the ringing of the "opening bell" and complimentary coffee and cookies.  

So, if you work downtown or you plan a visit near Wall Street, a stop at the Street Milk Cafe will be a nice and tasty break.