Hakki’s Rivington Pizza Parlor Renamed ‘Melani Pizza’; Full Liquor License Sought

Posted July 22, 2014 at 6:06 am

Hakki’s “famous” World Champion Pizza at 170 Rivington Street is no longer in the Lower East Side game. Within the last few weeks, the store seemingly changed hands, and currently carries a new identity. The parlor is now called Melani Pizzeria. The store itself underwent some change as well, including a major cleanup and better dining […]

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Black Seed

Don’t Believe the Hype: Black Seed Bagels Are Just So … Ordinary

Last modified July 21, 2014 at 1:25 pm

The world of bagels is not unlike the world of pizza – even a bad bagel is still a good bagel. From Lenders to Pain d’Avignon – I’ve never met a bagel I didn’t devour. Give me an “as is,” toasted, grilled, sandwiched, buttered, cheesed – I draw the line at loxed, unless I’m in the mood to […]

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100 Montaditos is Still Happening at the Former EarthMatters Store on Ludlow Street

Posted July 21, 2014 at 6:00 am

100 Montaditos is still happening in Hell Square, but taking its sweet ass time. For the first time since June 2013, the entrance of 177 Ludlow Street is again covered by a plywood shed. The new lumber arrived last month with some new teaser signage. We also sniped a glimpse of the interior. It was […]

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Hester Street Ice Cream Social

Hester Street Ice Cream Social This Weekend

Last modified July 18, 2014 at 9:43 am

The Hester Street Fair is fully backing the 1984 designation by President Ronald Reagan, that July would be National Ice Cream Month, and more specifically, that the third Sunday of the month would be National Ice Cream Day. Who are we to get in the way of presidential-decreed holidays? The fair is showing their solidarity for this celebration by hosting the […]

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Neighbors Fear a 7-Eleven Might Happen at the Corner of Rivington and Pitt

Last modified July 17, 2014 at 9:17 am

Put your guard up. Rumor has it that 7-Eleven might be coming to the eastern terminus of Rivington Street. A concerned reader emailed us this weekend, explaining that construction work is currently underway in the commercial space at the corner of Pitt Street. Estevez Supermarket shuttered over six months ago after several violations of selling […]

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Roman’s Italian Delicatessen Arrives on Allen Street

Posted July 17, 2014 at 6:00 am

Here’s a newcomer we didn’t quite expect on Allen Street. An honest-to-god Italian Delicatessen called “Roman’s.” With little square-footage to its name, the store is pretty self-explanatory. You go in for a sandwich. Meats are housed in a glass case by the counter, baked bread sits in the window (with Colosseum emblazoned); shelves are stocked […]

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Copper & Oak Opens Tonight at 157 Allen Street

Posted July 16, 2014 at 6:03 am

There is a new whiskey joint in town. After a year of renovations and liquor license protocol, Copper & Oak finally debuts later tonight at 157 Allen Street. Proprietor Falvien Desoblin, a veteran of the Brandy Library, had previously described the establishment as an “upscale bar offering knowledgeable service on brown spirits.” To that end, recent marketing material […]

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Via Tribunali on Ludlow, Photo: Danielle Guercio

Trouble in Paradise: Via Tribunali’s High Staff Turnover Could Cost Them Big

Last modified July 21, 2014 at 12:44 pm

Pizza is, to me, one of the most perfect foods. My heart swelled with joy and Italian pride when neighborhood il forno Via Tribunali hit the scene, but now the tides have changed. In a few short years, staff in this establishment has turned over so many times that it was nearly impossible to become […]

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CB3 Approves ‘Sports Themed’ Replacement for Sutra on 1st Avenue

Posted July 16, 2014 at 5:33 am

Sutra is finished. The asset transfer application was certainly a unique scenario in the canon of Community Board 3. Member Ariel Palitz found herself on the other side of the table at last night’s SLA subcommittee meeting. Not in the power position, and visibly on the defensive. Especially when the issue of 659 311 complaints was […]

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Clos Wine Bar on Kenmare Street Folds

Posted July 15, 2014 at 6:07 am

Clos Wine Bar has lived up to its name, it seems. The year-old, 26-seat sipping spot at 64 Kenmare Street closed shop within the last couple weeks. Newspaper clippings now cover the front windows, and the phone number is no longer in service. Clos Wine Bar opened on Kenmare in March 2013, and always seemed […]

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