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The space has been stale for months, but it appears that The Simple Kitchen, a newcomer offering healthy prepared meals, will soon open at 361 West 17th Street across the street from the in-construction Dream Downtown Hotel and the Maritime. According to the company's website, the rustic cafe will serve up food and beverage "made with a short list of recognizable ingredients...all natural and organic packaged and freshly prepared food to take away."
A peek inside revealed a look we'd call Pain Quotidien lite, and they're already stocking sparkling organic grapefruit juice in the cooler. Shouldn't be too much longer before side dishes of broccoli rabe hit, but until then you can always go across the street to Chelsea Market.
· The Simple Kitchen [Official Site]