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Calexico’s LES Location is Closed for Unspecified ‘Renovations and Repair’

Posted July 6, 2015 at 10:22 am

Here’s one out of left field. Truck-to-store mini-chain Calexico suddenly shuttered its Lower East Side HQ at 153 Rivington Street last week. Reason given, as per the computer printout, is “renovations and repair” work. The closure was sudden and somewhat surprising, given that it’s a well-oiled machine and usually fairly full. We spoke to a few […]

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Tie for Thai: Lovely Day Rumored to Open New Spot on Orchard Street

Posted July 6, 2015 at 9:25 am

If Lovely Day gets its way, will it be one? We are hearing some chatter of late that the decade-old Lovely Day cafe on Elizabeth Street has grand plans for the Lower East Side. In particular, sources say that the eclectic, yet popular Thai cafe hopes to open a location at 14 Orchard, currently home to […]

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B&H Dairy is One Step Closer to Reopening, Yet Frustration Mounts

Posted July 6, 2015 at 5:11 am

For the 73-year-old B&H Dairy, the frustration is mounting. Three months after the deadly Second Avenue explosion at its doorstep, reopening is still well on the horizon. Yes, the gears are in motion, but it’s painfully slow. The first DOB permit was issued last week, needed for installation of the requisite $28,000 fire suppression system; […]

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Sneak Peek Inside That Tiki Bar Mother of Pearl, Opening Monday on Avenue A [PHOTOS]

Posted July 2, 2015 at 5:20 am

This is slightly outside our usual beat, but a tipster just sent a trove of images revealing the interior of Alphabet City newcomer Mother of Pearl. Bar owner Ravi DeRossi closed Gin Palace back in November due to structural issues that befell 95 Avenue A. Apparently the corner building at East Sixth Street was sinking, […]

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An Old Favorite Returns as Les Enfants de Bohème Opens on Henry Street

Posted July 2, 2015 at 5:12 am

Rebound. Three years a refugee, Les Enfants Terribles is back with a new permanent home and modified identity. Original owner Stefan Junot (and his wife) – who first opened at Ludlow and Canal a decade ago – headed further east to the fringe in much the same way. Les Enfants de Bohème was officially coronated […]

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‘SET’ Launches in Former Motor City Bar Space on Ludlow Street

Posted July 2, 2015 at 5:10 am

SET L.E.S. officially opens tonight on Ludlow Street removing nearly all traces of the Motor City Bar. It had been in soft-launch for the last week. That wooden door with its lug-wrench handle is the only remnant of the beloved rock bar, now two years in the grave. The Hell Square newcomer, which bears an […]

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‘Tribeca Kitchen’ Brings ‘Superfood Ice Cream’ to Orchard Street

Posted July 1, 2015 at 5:18 am

For Pablo’s Birthday, ice cream (and sorbet) is in the back room. Literally. Tribeca Kitchen – a relatively new health conscious dessert joint – just debuted behind the Orchard Street gallery (with entrance at 88 Allen). In fact, they consider themselves the “First Superfood Ice Cream Shop in New York.” Superfood meaning those natural foods […]

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A Battlefield Update Regarding B&H Dairy and its Struggle to Reopen

Posted June 30, 2015 at 10:32 am

Here’s an update from the battlefield, where B&H Dairy continues its post-explosion pursuit to finally reopen at 127 Second Avenue. The dispatch comes courtesy of Andy Reynolds, East Village resident and ad-hoc advocate for B&H. June 29 B&H and City Hall update, following an email exchange between me and Susan Stetzer, District Manager, Community Board 3, […]

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‘The Lucky Bee’ Buzzes Broome Street with Southeast Asian Fare

Last modified July 1, 2015 at 9:16 am

The low-key block of Broome Street between Orchard and Ludlow is seeing a whole lot of activity these days. Commercial stock is currently in transition, all while works on Essex Crossing Site 1 ramps up. We saw Munch Gallery depart the scene earlier this year and Kottu House take up residence. Local favorite Jin Sushi is […]

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‘Taco Recipes’ Restaurant Coming Soon to Essex Street

Posted June 30, 2015 at 5:10 am

23 Essex Street – across from Seward Park – is an address that now carries two ethnic restaurants in its base. We touched upon newcomer Sam’s Spring Roll, which began serving its namesake menu last week. And now another. Taco Recipes is coming to the dance floor; its signage was hoisted yesterday. Little is known, […]

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