Black Tree on Orchard Street Rebounds as ‘Raw Material’

Posted September 26, 2016 at 5:18 am

Christmas come early for team Black Tree. The sandwich shop closed its Orchard Street location earlier this month in anticipation of a December reboot. Well, chef-owner Sandy Dee Hall just reopened on Friday as something called Raw Material. And as the sandwich board notes, it’s in soft launch mode. Raw Material, according to the website, is […]

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‘Nom Wah Nolita’ Lunch Counter Soft Opens at 10 Kenmare Street

Posted September 26, 2016 at 5:08 am

While the eye of consumerism was trained on a three-block stretch of Orchard Street (i.e. Pickle Day), the iconic Nom Wah Tea Parlor quietly opened its new satellite store on Kenmare. For Nom Wah Nolita, the interval from announcement to commencement was barely a week. The new lunch counter is currently in soft launch mode […]

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After 14 Years of Cafe El Portal, Pink ‘Pietro Nolita’ Takes Over at 174 Elizabeth Street

Posted September 23, 2016 at 5:09 am

With one longtime restaurant gone, another takes its place at 174 Elizabeth Street. The much-loved Cafe El Portal on Elizabeth Street quietly closed its doors back in May. Chef-owner Gloria Arteaga decided to end operations after fourteen years on the block. (It opened shortly after 9/11.) Unlike the gas issues that forced closure in 2015, […]

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‘Tommy’s Egg Kitchen’ Pops Up at the Former Rayuela on Allen Street

Posted September 22, 2016 at 5:15 am

Over at the former Rayuela on Allen Street, Top Chef winner Michael Voltaggio just installed a two-day pop-up dedicated to eggs. Tommy’s Egg Kitchen, as the creation is called, is serving “scotch egg tastings, cook-off challenges against local notable chefs, and cocktail pairings with Dewar’s Blended Scotch Whisky.” Today is the last day before this storefront again […]

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‘The Press Shop’ Plants a Flag at the Former Two Boots on Bleecker Street

Posted September 22, 2016 at 5:12 am

There is finally a replacement for the once-mighty Two Boots To Go-Go at 74 Bleecker Street (aka 640 Broadway), which was denied a lease renewal almost two years ago already. Signage hoisted last week announces the forthcoming arrival of the Press Shop. It’s a bit ambiguous at the moment, but it appears that sandwiches will be served here […]

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‘Great Wall’ Chinese Restaurant on Grand Street Remains Closed for ‘Repairs’

Posted September 22, 2016 at 5:05 am

The long-running Great Wall Chinese takeout joint at 384 Grand Street has been closed since Labor Day. Ownership is working on some nebulous “repairs” to the space. Initial timetable to reopening was about a week. It’s already been three times that. This doesn’t appear to be a “get outta Dodge” type renovations trickery, though, as there’s […]

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The Pickle Guys Break Ground on New Shop Across the Street

Posted September 22, 2016 at 5:00 am

Ready the brine barrels. The Pickle Guys are gearing up for the big move across the street. To ground level. The city issued building permits to the Pickle Guys two weeks ago to renovate 357 Grand Street, the former Grand Tax Center. The legal and accounting offices actually jumped two stores to the east, and […]

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‘Gracias Mama’ Begins Build-out at 162 East Broadway as Opposition Mounts

Posted September 21, 2016 at 5:13 am

Interior build-out just began at Gracias Mama, the controversial taqueria from the minds behind Gelso & Grand. While permits for the job were issued by the Department of Buildings last month, actual work commenced a few weeks ago. And it’s already progressing at quite a clip. Here is a peek at the guts of 162 East Broadway, […]

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Hotelier Hank Freid Withdraws Application for Massive Rooftop Bar to Meet with Neighbors

Posted September 20, 2016 at 5:09 am

The grassroots furor over a new “Times Square style” rooftop at the Holiday Inn Delancey has already become a hurdle for the latest operator gunning for the space. Controversial hotelier Hank Freid withdrew his application from the Community Board 3 docket yesterday at the last minute. The proposal was to be heard by the SLA […]

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Katra Lounge Hopes to Reopen on Friday After Basement Fire

Posted September 20, 2016 at 5:00 am

Katra Lounge remains closed four days after a fire reportedly sparked in the basement of 217 Bowery, and knocked out the business. The blaze happened early Friday morning, but was quickly extinguished. In the meantime, the space is undergoing some extensive repair work. This is made clear both by looking inside, as well as a […]

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