River Coyote

Welcome to River Coyote

Where Drinks Are Taken Very Seriously, Just as You Prefer

By Ilana Dadras
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Today, we address this city’s urgent need for a coffee shop/wine bar that’s actually not an urgent need at all but here’s one anyway. The name: River Coyote, a sort of rustic spot with intentionally industrial-hole-in-the-wall vibes that’s open now on the LES.

Should you swing by during the day, it’s where you might claim a seat or two in the banquette nook opposite the marble-topped bar and sip a no-nonsense caffeinated beverage next to someone who also appreciates no-nonsense caffeinated beverages. Either keep it simple with a shot of espresso, or tell the barista your hopes and dreams and let him or her make something custom. We’d say simplicity is the way to go here, as their coffee is from a Brazilian farm owned by Brooklyn’s Nobletree Coffee (so, it’s good) and their coffee-making apparatus is particularly impressive and hard to find in America. Food-wise, everything’s pretty basic—Dough donuts, local pastries, that sort of thing.

In the evenings, you’ll swap espresso for one of 16 wines on tap or many mugs of hoppy goodness, and swap croissants for Middlebury blue cheese with fig jam and the like. And they’ll be doing small plates like branzino crudo and Ecuadorian lamb skewers.

We’d also be remiss if we didn’t mention that this is now the premier spot to bring dates you’re not totally sure about.

Now, we’ve got some glimpses of the space and its edibles. You’ll find those right here.

Ilana Dadras cannot discern between situations in which sarcasm is and is not appropriate. Her favorite things include mezcal cocktails, Big Sur and writing about herself in the third person.

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