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100 Montaditos Opened Its 2nd Manhattan Location at 177 Ludlow Yesterday

Posted August 20, 2014 at 6:00 am

The remnant plywood shed was removed from 177 Ludlow Street earlier this week to unveil the second Manhattan location of 100 Montaditos. Yesterday was the official debut, celebrated with a two-for-Tuesday promotion of two free montaditos during lunchtime (noon and 3pm). The Spanish-based fast food chain replaces the beloved EarthMatters store, which ceased operations in the […]

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The SKINnY Set to Return to Orchard Street After 2 Year Hiatus

Posted August 20, 2014 at 5:22 am

Narrow Orchard Street dive, The SKINnY Bar & Lounge, closed way back in 2012. That’s an eternity by city standards. The reason for its (temporary) shutter was an expansion into the neighboring store that previously housed Elegant Woolen & Silk. Since then, never-ending construction on the neighboring Orchard Hell Building (i.e. Hotel Indigo) has consumed the […]

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CB3 Approves Hotel Indigo and Wassail, Lambasts Hair of the Dog

Posted August 19, 2014 at 5:36 am

It might be the dog days of summer, but at the SLA subcommittee meeting last night for Community Board 3, it was still a packed house. Some twenty applicants vied for license approvals, eight (!) of which reside in Hell Square alone. Herewith, a quick and dirty recollection from our brief three-hour stint. Wassail, 162 […]

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Dirty French Sets the Tables Inside Ludlow Hotel [PHOTOS]

Posted August 18, 2014 at 9:18 am

Dirty French is definitely on the verge of opening inside the Ludlow Hotel. Though, still no conclusive launch date other than “mid-August.” But what we do have for you is a much clearer shot of the interior with tables (and booths) already set. Hospitality company Major Food Group – run by Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi, and […]

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‘Breast’ Served Daily at Bond 45 in Times Square

Posted August 15, 2014 at 10:00 am

Start stacking those singles. In Times Square, a bit of seedy past has crept up. It would certainly appear as though the Bond 45 restaurant is now serving ample portions of “Breast” on the menu. Classic neon fail. The restaurant itself is nine years old, having taken retail real estate originally occupied by Bond Clothes […]

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Sutra Lounge Will Close on September 10 with Farewell Party Featuring Questlove

Posted August 14, 2014 at 6:09 am

It’s last call for Ariel Palitz and her Sutra Lounge. The news arrived yesterday evening with an announcement that its tenth anniversary – September 10 – will double as the grand finale. And for some, it can’t come soon enough. In 2005, the nightclub was considered one of Manhattan’s noisiest bars, and still holds a […]

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Sapphire Lounge Closes for Expected 3-Month Renovation Period

Posted August 13, 2014 at 6:00 am

You could call it the end of an era, cliche as it may be. The twenty-year-old Sapphire Lounge is now closed to undergo a planned remodeling. Saturday night was the sendoff party for the old space at 249 Eldridge Street. Owner Jahan Salarimatin tells us, “[We closed] Sapphire for soundproofing and revamping for 3 months.” […]

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The Tale of Two Hell Square Hotels: Indigo and Gatsby

Last modified August 13, 2014 at 8:53 am

At the head of Orchard Street, it’s essentially a tale of two Hell Square hotels, featuring elements of Indigo, Britney Spears, and Gatsby. Kitty corner apart, Hotel Indigo is squaring off against the dark horse of 163 Orchard. Both devils are vying for liquor licenses in an already saturated environment. Finally nearing completion, 180 Orchard […]

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Over at 222 Lafayette Street, Hop in the Truck Wants You To

Posted August 12, 2014 at 6:06 am

Hop in the Truck. No, that’s not a command, rather the working name of a new restaurant that has eyes for the south store of 222 Lafayette Street, which previously operated as a Subway franchise. Principals for the 14-table Vietnamese eatery appeared before Community Board 2 in June for a wine and beer license. The […]

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The Egg Shop Finds a Home on Elizabeth Street

Posted August 12, 2014 at 6:00 am

At the onset of 2014, the year-old Peix Bar de Mariscos (Catalan for “Fish”) at 151 Elizabeth Street quietly folded. Assets of the seafood eatery were subsequently sold to a new restaurant with a familiar concept. Remember that late-night egg shop pitched to Community Board 3 for 43 Canal Street? Well, it’s them. The Egg Shop. […]

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