Near & Far Taking Over Kuta Satay House on Rivington

Posted on: April 13th, 2012 at 6:46 am by

Despite half-assed promises to the contrary, one neighborhood restaurant did not upgrade nor did it ever reopen with “an exciting new menu.” No surprise there, really.

Kuta Satay House at 65 Rivington Street folded last July like so many businesses before it – handwritten signs announcing closure due to some unspecified “renovations.” It’s usually a ruse seemingly employed with more frequency these days on the Lower East Side. Sorta like an ambiguous admission of defeat.

Throughout the winter, the neglected Rivington restaurant space remained jailed behind colorfully painted security shutters, its signage and awning remarkably intact. But with the advent of spring, change is now palpable in the air. We started seeing some onsite action within the last couple months – doors open, cleaning, etc – signaling a new tenant takeover. That much was confirmed when the address was listed on the SLA docket for Monday’s CB3 licensing committee meeting.

Documents recently submitted to the board reveal that Christopher Miller, part of the team behind TriBeCa sports tavern Warren 77 (Sean Avery’s place), is jockeying to open a new eatery here called Near & Far. He will argue for a full on-premise liquor license at Monday night’s meeting. Some highlights:

  • Restaurant serving “contemporary American fare”
  • Capacity for forty diners (twelve tables)
  • Sidewalk cafe for ten diners (five tables)
  • Fourteen-foot bar
  • Sunday through Wednesday, 11 am – 12 am; Thursday through Saturday, 11 am – 2 am

Will Near & Far bring hockey to the Lower East Side?

Recent Stories

clinton-essex-crossing-bike-lanes
It’s Time to End the ‘Cauldron of Honking Horns’ at Clinton and Grand Streets [Guest Post]

The following guest post was written by Matt Marello, a resident of the Seward Park Co-op, who is fed up with the ongoing traffic bottleneck at Grand and Clinton Streets. There once was a quiet, peaceful neighborhood on the Lower East Side, where birds sang, children played, and the elderly could cross the street without being […]

1ludlow-canal_wm
With Pizza-Speakeasy at 1 Ludlow Street Canceled, Popular Village Bistro ‘Mimi’ Signs on

Those grand plans to install a pizzeria and basement speakeasy at the three-pointed 1 Ludlow Street totally tanked. But that’s obvious. Partially built out, this unique address was to become Ludlow Inn and Three Points, with both Numero 28 principals and Shingo Gokan respectively on tap. Word on the street is that there was allegedly some […]

im-pastry-essex-market_wm
‘I.M. Pastry Studio’ Takes Stall Inside Essex Street Market

Brooklyn-based pastry peddlers, I.M. Pastry Studio, just signed a lease inside the Essex Street Market. The stall chosen is near the northernmost entrance to the building, in what was formerly the seating area for Tra La La juicery. Teaser signage now hangs from the security gate. I.M. Pastry Studio is aiming for an opening later […]

congee-bowery-renovation_wm
‘Congee Bowery’ Temporarily Closes for Hot Pot Tune-up

Congee Bowery is currently down, but apparently not out. The twelve-year-old Chinese restaurant closed a couple weeks ago for a total makeover. It’s essentially a transformation in both menu and layout. Once the month-long renovation period is complete at 207 Bowery, the reinvigorated Congee Bowery will focus on hot pot style instead of traditional Chinese […]

soy-closing-1_wm
‘Soy’ is Leaving the Lower East Side After 15 Years

Slurp up while you still can. Popular Japanese eatery, Soy, is leaving the Lower East Side after fifteen years in business. Last day on Suffolk Street is Saturday (April 29). A “Grand Closing” banner is strung above the entrance. Etsuko Kizawa, founding chef and owner of the comfort food spot, is relocating operations upstate to […]

  • Guest

    Kuta was overpriced and not that great anyway. its just like that place that had no business in it that the meatball shop moved into. the lesson is, if you’re charging $7 for a small Tom Yum soup, it better be f’n good.