Emerging Thing of the Week: Lost Weekend NYC

Lost Weekend is a coffee shop. And a gallery. And a lifestyle store. And an event space. Aw, hell, it’s the sort of place that you wish you had in your neighborhood—unless you live on New York’s Lower East Side, in which case you do have it. The space opened in August and will have rotating art exhibits—the first of which, featuring Patrick McMullan’s photography from the eighties, runs through the end of the month—and sells Blue Bottle Coffee, Saltbox hoodies, and Malin + Goetz grooming products. Which, depending on who you are, might all qualify as essentials. —erica

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Lost Weekend NYC v. Saturdays Surf NYC

I recently read an article about this new coffee shop called Lost Weekend NYC on the LES. Upon reading, I thought it sounded somewhat like Saturdays Surf NYC. Not that it’s the exact same thing, but it’s exploring the same territory with it’s coffeehouse/boutique hybrid (which seems to be a trend). So I decided to go to both, and make a comparison between the two. The break-down is below.



Neighborhood: Lower East Side

Coffee brewed: Blue Bottle Coffee

Music played in-store: The Drums

The Drums - Best Friend by cafe_magro

Boutique items: Men’s hair products from Malin+Goetz; board shorts, etc. from Saltbox USA, and Mast Brothers chocolate.

The Set-Up: Coffee counter when you first walk in, some seating in the middle and the small “shop”/gallery in the back. Right now, the exhibition is portraits and photo books by Patrick McMullen. It captures a classic NYC feel with 80’s photos of people such as Jean-Michel Basquiat & Warhol.



Neighborhood: SoHo

Coffee brewed: La Colombe

Music played in-store: Tame Impala

Lucidity by Tame Impala

Boutique Items: Obviously surf gear like boards & Sex Wax; Saturdays tees + other clothing

The Set-Up: Coffee shop up front, the store, and some outdoor seating in the back. Also includes photo books and fancy magazines for perusing.

Final verdict

It’s hard to pick a clear winner in this instance. They both have stellar coffee and fun, distinct personalities. I guess it depends on what neighborhood you’re closest to more often and whether you prefer a surf vibe or a more iconic NY vibe. I myself am not really into the surfing culture (only because I’m certain I would break my neck or get eaten by a shark if I tried to learn) and tend to prefer the LES to SoHo.

My only complaint is that both boutiques are fairly male-centric. If you’re a legit surfer, then most of the gear will apply to you in Saturdays. But the clothing is mostly for males in both and the hair care line in Lost Weekend is for men as well. That’s the only frustrating thing about these shops. But if you’re just stopping in to grab a cup of coffee, they both do the job quite well.

“If you’re a Lower East Side male stumped for a good read, look no further. Lost Weekend, a coffee shop and art gallery at 45 Orchard Street, will release its first in a monthly series of book lists curated by a modern Lower East Side man for his neighborhood fellows to raise funds for Housing Works. The project, called "One Good Book,” will launch this Thursday at Lost Weekend and will have a different male L.E.S. resident give his suggested reading list each month, while stylish vintage editions of the books will be stocked in the coffee shop’s gallery, thanks to Housing Works’ rare books collection.“ via DNAinfo

Join us at Lost Weekend this Thursday to celebrate this fantastic new program, One Good Book. This month’s selections are curated by filmmaker Ian Rosenberg.

Don’t forget to be at the Lost Weekend Cafe tomorrow night at 7pm for the beginning of the One | Good | Book series, a collection of books curated by a Lower East Side resident that all Lower East Siders should know. For this series the curator is Zach Hilty (pictured above), a man who has been involved in the culinary arts and hardcore music, but now teaches at an all boys middle school and leads a philosophy and theology reading group. Definitely someone to put your trust in for some book advice. 


This week, we’ve got the closing night performance of A Weimar Flute, your last chance to see opera (and it’s a short opera, only 90 minutes) in a bookstore. Tickets are still available. It’s pretty unreal, I’ve got to admit. Tomorrow night we’re proud to host Shameless, a reading full of rad ladies including hostess Melissa Febos (Whip Smart). Thursday night is The Moth StorySLAM with tales of “Small World,” plus our pals at Lost Weekend NYC on the LES are hosting the launch party for their program One Good Book, a benefit for Housing Works. More info to come, watch this space.

And don’t forget to nab tickets for next’s benefit concert with The Portland Cello Project and Emily Wells, and for Safe Space with Nicole Krauss and Simone Dinnerstein, our award-winning series pairing classical musicians with the writers who inspire them.