Located on the ground floor of Hotel on Rivington in NYC’s Lower East Side, CO-OP Food & Drink is based on the co-operative principle of bringing together different services and products under one space for everyone’s benefit. Under the leadership of Executive Chef James London, we bring together different ingredients, flavors and cultures that reflect the diversity that is the Lower East Side.
This philosophy allows our guests to enjoy a variety of plates such as the Tuna Tuna Yuzu Sushi Roll (w/ spicy tuna, tuna, avocado & yuzu dynamite sauce), Shredded Pork Belly Tacos (w/ Ancho BBQ, Smoked Creama, Beets), Fried Chicken Biscuits (w/ ranch & pickled jalapeno aioli) and Miso Cured Salmon (w/ peanut sauce, watermelon radish & pickled celery root). In the spirit of a co-operative, most of our dishes are designed to be shared family-style through multiple courses.
The Lounge @ CO-OP Food & Drink is just as much a culinary adventure as the food itself. Master Mixologist Max Petrich visits local markets to source the seasonal vegetables, fruits, and herbs utilized in our specialty cocktails and infusions. A full list of wines, microbrews, and sakes are also on hand to satisfy all visitors of our chic Lower East Side bar and lounge.
CO-OP was designed by DeVinn Bruce (H. DeVinn Visual), who previously worked on projects for Versace, Baccarat, Francis Ford Coppola, Jennifer Lopez, and Estee Lauder. The restaurant is inspired by California during the early 1970′s combined with the gritty edge of the LES. The space is warm, clean, and soulful, with hints of glamour and features a photography installation in the dining room of New York City icons such as Moby, Debbie Harry, Betsey Johnson, Patricia Field, and Jay McInerney. The dining room features 30 foot ceilings and was conceived as a downtown interpretation of a grand ballroom. Other major design features include a 40 foot bar and 8 foot sushi bar covered in gold mirrored tiles and a 30 foot communal dining table constructed from one piece of Walnut wood.
ABOUT THOSE INFAMOUS PHOTOGRAPHS
EJ CAMP is renown for her celebrity portraits. Her portrait career transitioned from fashion photography in the 1980’s with a Rolling Stone cover of Christie Brinkley. EJ’s professional portfolio includes magazine covers, movie posters and advertising campaigns. As a top photographer in Hollywood, EJ’s clients include Paramount Pictures, New Line Cinema, 20th Century Fox, and Sony Pictures. Her numerous movie posters include Top Gun, Forrest Gump, Austin Powers, My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Advertising clients include American Express, Aeropostale, ABC Family/Disney, CBS, Dannon, Dr. Pepper, General Electric, E Entertainment, IBM, Lifetime, Showtime and VH-1.EJ graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology and moved to New York City as a photo assistant to Albert Watson and Bruce Weber. She opened her own studio in the original Bloomingdale’s building in New York City’s Flatiron district in the mid-1980s, on the 4th floor, along with fellow photographer Annie Liebovitz. After running her studio in New York for 20 years, EJ relocated to the West Coast to be closer to the film industry.EJ is again based in New York. She complements her career as a portrait photographer with work in fine art photography. Particularly fascinated by the interplay of water and light, her personal work includes seascapes, beach and water studies, and is collected internationally. EJ teaches photography at The International Center of Photography, and divides her time between working in New York and L.A., and sailing in and around the Peconic Bay in Long Island.