The New “Schapiro’s” of Rivington Street

Posted on: January 29th, 2013 at 6:09 am by


Schapiro’s is making a return to Rivington Street sometime soon. No, not that one. The iconic Lower East Side moniker is being revived for a new restaurant in the old Festival Mexicano space, located mere steps from the former kosher winery.

Gut renovations began at 120 Rivington Street in August 2011, and subsequently proceeded at slower than a turtle’s pace. In recent months, however, the exterior has certainly gained definition with its bricked archway and iron facade. No shots of the interior just yet. It is in this one-story box, beneath the Chico mural of same, that David Shemesh and team Antibes Bistro are poised to unveil Schapiro’s, an eatery featuring American cuisine with a “Jewish twist.”

The initial projections for opening date were sometime in the fall, but the liquor license took a minute to obtain. According to SLA records, the paperwork for full on-premise privileges went live on December 28. Give it at least another month…

The endeavor at 120 Rivington marks the third venture for the Antibes crew in this nook of the neighborhood, having joined the recently-opened Falafel Shop just across the street.

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  • l.e.s.ter

    Festival Mexicano?

    • Yup, thanks for catching the typo.

  • Jimmy

    Festival not Roas Mexicano and i still weep every day i walk by and its not there anymore. Balls

  • david

    That Mexican place was charming but sucked food wise.

    • paul

      You mean the opposite? Im guessing you never ate there, food was great the place was not all that.