Big Cocoa Problem on the Lower East Side?

Luckily this photo is not "scratch and listen."Photo: Melissa Hom


Here you have it — a first look at the Clinton Street branch of Cocoa Bar, which will attempt to romance its new barrio with a week of free coffee after it opens on Friday night. If you’ve been to the original location in Park Slope, you’ll recognize the digs. Rest assured this outpost will also sell carryout gifts (just in time for Mother’s Day!) such as boxes of port-soaked figs; spicy candy bars; and packs of homemade marshmallows, hot chocolate, and coffee. And you know the locals will be racing to snatch up Cocoa Bar doggie shirts for their pit bulls. Be warned: The Slope location is one of the last places on earth where Dave Matthews and Counting Crows are still played without shame. So to sum up, Lower East Side — exit Sin-E and Tonic; enter “Mr. Jones.”

Cocoa Bar, 21 Clinton St., nr. Houston St.; 212-677-7417.