Located on 36th St. in the NoDa neighborhood, a highly anticipated space has been getting ready to open to the public and continue to add to the culture of the ever-expanding area. The Artisan’s Palate, is located in the black-painted-brick building that houses other popular businesses, such as NoDa Bodega, and Another Round Disc Golf and Tap Room.
Co-owner, Christa Csoka has always been inspired and felt an intense passion for art that began at a young age. The inspiration for the space came from her sister, an artist, who was able to completely transform a craft shop at West Point Military Academy, into an art shop that welcomed individuals from all walks of life and created an inclusive environment that encouraged creativity. Csoka has been able to re-create this space in the heart of NoDa, and include delicious food and a promise to continue supporting local artists.
Introduced via mutual friends, Csoka and Christine Alter, have been able to come together, expand on the idea, and make The Artisan’s Palate a reality.
What is The Artisan’s Palate?
A wine bar, bottle shop, coffee shop, and bakery serving German pastries and local baked goods. Alter, head baker and co-owner, is from Germany herself and will be bringing the authentic deliciousness of the culture to NoDa.
Food will also eventually be cooked on site by Csoka, who attended the Culinary Institute of New York, and has been in the restaurant industry for 28+ years. While food will be served, they are not referring to themselves as a “restaurant.” The self-given description of The Artisan’s Palate, is that it’s a place for all people to come hangout, grab a glass of wine, read a book, admire local art, and grab a bite to eat.
Csoka is excited to welcome individuals who come from “all walks of life” and to provide a unique, inclusive space for everyone to mingle and learn more about the neighborhood.
Throughout the day, customers will be able to come in, grab a cup of coffee and a pastry, grab a spot at the community table, and work remotely.
The coffee being served is provided by Magnolia Coffee Company, who also helped to set up the coffee program. The Artisan’s Palate will be serving a very standard menu, keeping away from “dessert style” coffee drinks and focusing more on the classics. You can expect cortados and authentic macchiatos.
If you’re looking for a new place to kick back with a drink, you’re in luck! Wine, beer, and craft cocktails will be served, along with bottles of wine and cans of beer that will be available for purchase if you’re looking to grab a to-go order of food and take your spread home to enjoy.
What are the hours?
Soft openings begin today, Wednesday, July 17th and a grand opening is scheduled to take place in mid-August, before school starts back up, and will include an expansion of the menu and store hours. For the first month, they will operate solely as a coffee shop and bakery only with hours from 7am-2pm.
Once they are running on a regular schedule, the personality of the business will change after 5pm and become more of an intimate setting to grab some delicious small plates and tapas, pair them with a glass of wine or beer, and just hang out. They will also be serving small plate desserts that range from $2-$4
What Else Can You Expect?
Along with the art of food, drinks, and baking, a major theme of the space will focus on visual art.
Local artisans like Sam Guzzy, Nick Napolitano, Sean Reilly, and Sam Sikes, have helped to create the current industrial and rustic vibe of the space, by lending their artistic skills in the form of a graffitied beam that stretches through the middle of the space, murals on all of the doorways, on the exterior of the building, and collections that will be displayed in the gallery.
The entire interior has been a “labor of love” that also includes design elements provided by their contractor, who created the impressive ceiling in the gallery.
In the gallery, Featured Artists of the Month will have their collections displayed for a set amount of time, and available for purchase by the public. The first featured artist will be Photographer, Wade Carpenter, who will be sharing his collection “A Walk on the Wild Side.” In honor of his collection, The Artisan’s Palate will be offering South African wines and inspired foods to enhance the experience of taking in the collection.
The Artisan’s Palate will be charging a minimum commission of 25%, which is extremely low in comparison to other typical gallery commissions. The artists who are featured, must have a full collection and will have their art on display and marketed through The Artisan’s Palate’s social media platforms. They are already booked until Fall of 2020, just through word-o-mouth alone. If you are interested in having your collection displayed in the future, contact the owner’s from their website.
Make sure to follow them on Facebook andInstagram to stay up-to-date on upcoming events, updates, and other changes that are coming to the space!
*Photos provided by Brian Twitty