koshervillage.JPGToday was all about the free iced coffee (and free chicken sandwiches, apparently). Tomorrow, it's free falafel. The East Village eatery formerly known as Chickpea held a contest to find a new name for its Glatt Kosher re-opening. They received hundreds of entries from crafty wordsmiths all vying for the $3000 prize. Only one winner was selected,

Adi Libson, a NYU student, despite the fact that 21 other entrants submitted the same name -- Kosher Village. According to the owners, "Kosher Village was the entry that most captured our spirit. It perfectly ties together the comradery of the neighborhood and the menu’s Mediterranean cuisine." Seems a little dull, given some of the other submissions (So Glatt I Could Plotz, St. Mark's Kosher Cousin, Falafel Mafia -- just a few examples) .

Additionally, all entrants were spammed by the restaurant a few weeks back, when they sent out multiple emails with every single entrant's email address in the to: field. Apologies ensued: "We send along a gracious THANK YOU to all those who entered. We also extend a most sincere apology to all of those who received our email mis-step more than once. Our expertise is with cumin, not desktop apps. We hope you enjoy our falafel more than the “spam”, which yes, we realize is not Kosher."

Kosher Village will be giving out free regular falafels from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. following the 2:00 p.m. award presentation to the winner. 23 3rd Avenue at St. Marks Place.