International ramen master Ivan Orkin will soon debut a second restaurant inside Gotham West Market — his first non-ramen foray. Dubbed Corner Slice, the restaurant will take over the space that previously housed an outpost of Blue Bottle Coffee. Moving into the corner space with Orkin is La Colombe (another of New York's favorite coffee suppliers) which will provide all the coffee for Corner Slice. The casual restaurant will also serve breads, pastries, cakes, and pizzas all made on premises.
Plans for Orkin’s third New York restaurant were first teased early last year — he also owns Ivan Ramen and a Gotham West outpost called Slurp Shop. At the time the chef told Eater: "It's going to be great. It's gonna be cool." With the addition of Corner Slice, Orkin now owns five restaurants, including two ramen shops in Tokyo.
Today, Orkin explains that the inspiration for Corner Slice came from a desire to "reimagine" the coffee shop. "I’ve been passionate about coffee for a long time and have always felt that a great homemade nosh goes hand-in-hand with great coffee," says Orkin. "And it goes without saying that as a New Yorker, I’m passionate about pizza." At Corner Slice, pizzas made with long-fermented dough and freshly made mozzarella will be available by the pie and by the slice. Stay tuned for more news on Corner Slice as it becomes available.