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Metrograph Theater Lifts the Curtain on The Commissary

Posted May 6, 2016 at 9:23 am

In the inimitable words of Beetlejuice, it’s showtime. The two-month-old Metrograph theater, co-founded by boutique owner Alexander Olch, finally lifted the curtain on its complementary restaurant, The Commissary. It opened for business at 7 Ludlow Street last night. Spread across both the ground floor and mezzanine, the nightlife concept is a nod to the golden age […]

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Hotel on Rivington Replaces Viktor & Spoils with New Shanghai-Themed Lounge

Posted May 6, 2016 at 5:00 am

With surgery complete, the Hotel on Rivington is ready to relaunch its nightlife activity. Co-op Food & Drink shuttered back in January, and in the interim, the entire ground and second levels were remodeled and entrance updated. Now, a Shanghai-themed lounge and Mediterranean restaurant are ready. Roberto Buchelli (Beautique, Provocateur) and Corey Lane (partner in 13th Street […]

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Sushi Dojo Vet David Bouhadana Angling to Open ‘Nishiwaki’ on Eldridge Street

Posted May 5, 2016 at 5:19 am

Well, that was quick. ​The former home of Apizz on Eldridge Street – it closed three months ago – already has a replacement in the wings. It’s going from Italian to Japanese cuisine. A new sushi joint called Nishiwaki is on the docket for 217 Eldridge. Derek Feldman is the applicant of record here, who also […]

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Jianbing Comes to the LES with ‘Bing Kitchen,’ Opening on Orchard Street Next Month

Last modified May 5, 2016 at 12:35 pm

Bing, bing. The Cast was booted – with steel toes, so to speak – in June 2015. The leather boutique spent five years in the shoebox commercial unit at 71 Orchard Street, but the new landlord (Malachite Group) shelled out $25.6 million, and that was the end of that. However, owner Chuck Guarino was able […]

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Is this Le Baron ‘Small Plates’ Replacement a Bait-and-Switch?

Posted May 4, 2016 at 5:12 am

The shiny shoes of Le Baron will be filled, and by a familiar face at that. Former co-owner Ron Castellano (Santos Party House, Rosette) seeks to impart a “sushi restaurant and bar” in the former home of Le Baron at 32 Mulberry Street. The as-yet-unnamed establishment (MJK Foods LLC) will serve a menu of small plates, […]

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Michael Shah Plans ‘Orchard Street Social’ Co-Working Space and Bar for Beckenstein’s Building

Posted May 3, 2016 at 5:00 am

Stanton Street Social, meet Orchard Street Social.​ Controversial landlord Michael Shah purchased the iconic “Beckenstein Building” at 130 Orchard Street last August for $28 million. The luxury rental property was quickly repositioned as “The Beckenstein,” and teamed up with Samy Mahfar’s Real New York brokerage for leasing. And now Shah is planning nightlife on the 5,000 […]

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El Luchador to Open Ludlow Street Location for Cinco de Mayo

Posted May 2, 2016 at 5:18 am

El Luchador is a few days from debuting its new Lower East Side location. The grand opening celebration is set for Cinco de Mayo this Thursday. The popular taqueria revealed the news in a Facebook post. “We will be giving out one free chicken taco per person at our new location,” the announcement notes. There […]

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Soho House Pushes Back Opening of ‘Ludlow House’ to End of Month

Posted May 2, 2016 at 5:00 am

Soho House is firing on all cylinders to complete the job on its Lower East Side outpost. There’s been a flurry of activity at 139 Ludlow Street – the Ludlow House – the last few weeks in order to reach the finish line, including sidewalk replacement, contractors pacing to and fro, and enormous curbside trash […]

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Peruvian Restaurant ‘Baby Brasa’ Opening Next Month at 129 Allen Street

Posted April 29, 2016 at 5:10 am

The Precision barbershop at 129 Allen Street shuttered and relocated earleir this spring. It’s now down the block and with a rebranded identity, Allen Street Cut & Shave. In its place, a new restaurant. A Peruvian restaurant by the name of Baby Brasa is on its way. Butcher paper is in the windows, signaling the […]

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A Reinvigorated Cake Shop Tries for a Return to Its Roots

Last modified April 29, 2016 at 9:07 am

Cake Shop is boarded up. What appears catastrophic at first – yes, it looks closed – is little more than house cleaning. It’s not going anywhere. At least not yet. After several years of well-documented struggles and the crowdfunding campaigns to assist, the eleven-year-old Cake Shop on Ludlow Street is turning the page on its […]

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