Last Monday there was a post at Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York about a cash mob at Odessa. I’ve never heard of the phrase, “cash mob” and was intrigued. It seems that what it is, is a gathering of as many people as you can gather with the sole intent of infusing some cash into a local store. I think that’s a great idea and a fun excuse to meet people, have fun and help out the local community. Tonight’s first cash mob takes place at Odessa in the East Village. It’s going to start out for dinner and drinks at the light Odessa and then the crowd will move next door to the dark Odessa for more drinks. It sounds like a good plan to me!
And here we are at the "light" Odessa. I'm early as usual, let's see if anyone else has shown up yet.
Odessa is a classic diner with great people working here.
And here's Spike seated at a booth. Not quite a mob yet, but the two of us are enough to cause a little trouble in here!
After I sat down with Spike I found out that they were setting up an area in the back for us. Goggla had talked with Danny earlier and told him there'd be a group tonight and this is the space for us. Very nice!
Here's Danny, the friendly fellow who manages Odessa. He's a great guy.
And here's Spike at the table. Now where's this mob?
And here we are. We were a couple people short of a mob, but it was a great group of people to meet for dinner at a classic East Village spot.
The food starts to arrive, here's Goggla and Melanie seated across from me.
I got the EV Grieve Special a.k.a. the grilled cheese on Odessa's homemade Challa bread. Delicious!
Just as we were finishing dinner the Duncester showed up to help us mob up.
And here's Danny with the cash from tonight's cash mob dinner.
And it's over to the dark Odessa for a few nightcaps.
This is a nice, relaxing bar. Classic rock plays in the background and it kind of feels like you're sitting in someone's basement bar. A nice place to hang and shoot the shit with friends.
Leon was one of the bartenders on duty...
And Mike was the other. Nice guys and quick with a bottle of beer!
And the mob grows as Lindsay shows up...
Along with Shawn. Alright, let's get this party started!
I love the red ceiling and half-lit chandeliers in here.
A shot from the other end of the bar.
The cash mob at the bar.
Lindsay, Shawn and I were the last ones left at the end of the evening and Mike poured us shots on our way out.
And it's out the door to greet the evening.
One of the great things about Odessa is that it's right next door to another East Village institution, Ray's Candy Store.
And here's the man himself, Ray with the night's final nightcap, an egg cream.
Ray dug out a photo of Lindsay and Bob Arihood, a nice moment to end a nice evening! Thanks to Jeremiah and Goggla for setting this up. It was a great excuse to hang out with nice people and spread a little cash around to businesses that need it. See you all tomorrow!
117 Ave. A (Near 7th St.)