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"Gather" Opening January 22 in Uncle Moe's Space 

It's been well over a year since Uncle Moe's, the burrito and taco shop on Seventh Avenue between Ninth and Tenth Streets, closed up shop after 20 years in business. Back in September I learned that "a cafe" was planned for the space, and now finally details are available about what we can expect: It'll be called Gather, will specialize in prepared foods, and should be opening by the end of the month.

When I dropped in over the weekend I had the opportunity to speak with the chef, who's very excited about finally getting the operation up and running. Construction is complete, and it seems as if just a few last minute details are needed before they open, which should be "by January 22nd," she said.

As for what to expect, there's not much in the way of seating but a large counter featuring a selection of prepared foods that should make for a very solid dinner to take home on your way from the subway. The menu has already been posted online, and while soups and sandwiches are offered, the main focus is on proteins and sides. You can choose from options like chicken, skirt steak, and pork or beef stew, and complement it with a wide assortment of sides including mac and cheese, kale salad, and healthy veggies and such. There will also be daily specials. For breakfast, oatmeal, granola, breakfast sandwiches, and pastries will be on offer, with coffee from Intelligentsia and tea from Kusmi.

All offerings will be made from scratch, using fresh, seasonal ingredients. With an emphasis on healthy prepared foods geared toward takeout, a seemingly cohesive business plan, and a real differentiation from anything else in the area, something tells me that this place will do quite well.

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Reader Comments (10)

Thanks for the scoop - looks awesome!

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenternormality

The place is called "Gather" yet it sounds like the kind of place you grab stuff to go.

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPark_Slop

Awesome, excited and definitely (in all of its spellings and misspellings)=most tiredly overused words in comments on Internet food sites.

Good luck to this guy. No doubt, he invested lots of time, money and energy in this venture. My only advice: originality is what will distinguish your place from the dozens of others that line Seventh and Fifth Aves.

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEschew obfuscation

Sounds promising. Great info

January 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJbob

Hopefully lots of cheese too.

January 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFaye Laphel Sandwiches

Perhaps its gather as in hunter/gatherers gathering up food, and not people gathering together. Either way, it does seem a bit of a misnomer.

January 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermattlaw

This just makes me miss Moe's more.
What is with NY and Mexican food.
Perhaps it's the lack of Mexicans ... no, that's not it.

January 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterstew

That soup sounds yummy...

January 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkdm245

If youre complaining about NYC Mexican food now you must not have lived here in the 90s or earlier. Its so much better, theres tons of great places-youre not looking hard enough.

January 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJbob

If you're complaining about a lack of Mexican food you are pretty unaware since one neighborhood to our south (Sunset Park) has some of the best Mexican food to be found outside of that country.

Also, Calexio is opening on 5th Avenue. Not even close to the same, but it's something.

January 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterUte

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