Open Kitchen Bringing Coffee, Market To Lower William St.

I’d seen work being done on the massive retail space on William St. (nr. Beaver) for quite some time, but there were no signs of what would be coming. Now we have the answer as the paper came down on the windows and signs went up proclaiming it to be Open Kitchen.

It will be a gourmet coffee shop and market, and the inside – walls covered in white subway tile, nice light fixtures hanging from the ceiling – looks like somewhere I’d actually like to eat lunch. If nothing else, I’m sure those of you working in the area will welcome an alternative to Starbucks coffee.



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    This place looks great. But if you’re looking for coffee alternatives right around here you can get a bit closer to water street down William to Hanover Square for Robusta or Leonidas, and Fika down on Pearl St closer to Broadway

  • Open Kitchen won’t be just about coffee – will be serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner offerings and will be open from 6am to 8pm 7 days. European-influenced gourmet marketplace, coffee house, hot/cold buffet, prepared foods to go, and an international selection of foods prepared to order.

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      I dined at Open Kitchen recently and was not impressed. Upon walking in, you are overwhelmed with the layout, that doesnt seem to have any kind of discernible order in which it was set up. Random food buffet in the corner and random drink displays. Moving past appearance, cosmetically, the food looks to die for. I settled on the prime rib with mashed potatoes and corn. My partner had the prime rib with sweet potato and macaroni and cheese. (Heavy, I know, but how else do you get a taste of a place?) Again, the food looked wonderful on our plates, but thats where it begins and ends. The meat was dry, and what wasnt dry was all fat. Both of the potatoes had no flavor whatsoever. It was as if they merely mashed up the potatoes and stuck them in the bins under the lights. The corn was soggy and seemed to be more soup then anything else due to the amount of water it was sitting in. Finally, the macaroni and cheese had no flavor, texture, anything. Disappointing, to say the least. At the prices that Open Kitchen advertises, I expected bountiful flavor and for the meat to be tender and juicy. This place has a long way to go, they should start with a new chef.

  • Open Kitchen is OPEN as of this past Friday, Aug 16! Hours are 24×7

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    They do have good coffee, and that’s it.

    I tried the food and it’s not good. I had the rotisserie chicken. The chef cut a chicken to prepare my platter (because I asked for a leg & thigh) and the chicken was NOT COOKED. Of course I wouldn’t take uncooked chicken, but that left me with dry, room temperature chicken breast.

    My friend ordered the special of the day prime rib sandwich, which looked delicious from afar. She took a bite and it was RAW beef. It was not medium rare or rare, it was raw. That took away all of our appetite, so no comments on the sides that came with the chicken platter.

    But coffee was good, they use intelligensia beans.

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