2nd Annual ‘Lower East Side Cider Fest’ is Happening on Sunday

Posted October 21, 2016 at 5:17 am

The orchards are, in fact, coming back to Orchard Street … albeit temporarily. With apple picking season wrapping up, the 2nd annual Lower East Cider Fest is kicking off this weekend, as part of the larger “Cider Week NYC” celebration happening throughout the – wait for it – Big Apple. The event will showcase notable cider makers and apple growers […]

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Overbuilt ‘Orchard Street Hotel’ Again Seeks Booze in Saturated Hell Square

Posted October 20, 2016 at 5:05 am

For the second time in as many years, hotel operators Nico Moinian and Nader Ohebshalom will try again to install nightlife at the Orchard Street Hotel. As before, it’s an uphill battle in Hell Square that won’t be easy. The lodge opened at 163 Orchard last year, yet without the food and beverage component on which profit […]

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‘Taqueria Diana’ will Open at 69 Clinton Street this Spring, Potentially with ‘Street Seat’ in Tow

Posted October 20, 2016 at 5:00 am

No more dumplings; no more dookie chains. With C&C Dumpling and the La Socia Pawn Shop gone from 69 Clinton Street, the popular Taqueria Diana restaurant is ready to take over. Both inside and out. Yep. Taqueria Diana is definitely opening a second outpost at 69 Clinton Street, as we first reported over the summer. […]

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Report: Lorely Expands to the Pacific with New West Hollywood Beer Garden

Posted October 19, 2016 at 5:14 am

After fourteen years on the Lower East Side, the popular Lorely beer garden just expanded in a big way. Owner, and former DJ, Michael Momm just debuted a Left Coast outpost in West Hollywood. Here’s what the L.A. Weekly had to say: Tucked into a sleepy stretch of West Hollywood, Loreley evokes a lodge one […]

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L’asso Pizza at Mott and Kenmare Might Officially be Kaput [Updated]

Last modified October 18, 2016 at 6:10 pm

This past August was the beginning of the end for L’asso Pizza at Mott Street. Token “renovations” were blamed for a brief closure period. It was only a matter of time for the nine-year-old business. These types of actions are typical of struggling establishments on the way out. Nevertheless, L’asso Pizza did reopen in mid-August, […]

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‘Soft Swerve’ is the Third Ice Cream Parlor to Open on Allen Street in the Last 7 Months

Posted October 18, 2016 at 5:09 am

The mid-section of Allen Street is the latest home for frozen treats. Indeed, an enclave of sorts has taken hold, with three dispensaries having planted a flag in the last seven months alone. All reside within a few blocks of each other. Celsius came first – in March of this year – converting the corner […]

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Battle for Suffolk Street Hinges on Hank Freid’s Holiday Inn Rooftop Bar

Posted October 18, 2016 at 5:00 am

The proposed rooftop bar at the Holiday Inn on Delancey Street would up the ante on local nightlife, and have a deleterious effect on those living within earshot, worried neighbors argue. The man behind the food-and-beverage tune-up is Hank Freid, a controversial landlord who also operates a similar rooftop venue called Haven near Times Square. […]

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Warren 77 Partner Still Trying to Take Over Fontana’s on Eldridge Street

Posted October 13, 2016 at 5:18 am

The bid to replace Fontana’s on Eldridge Street is gradually proceeding. Warren 77 partner Eddie Bilowich and Ise Restaurant’s Manabu Nishigaki (aka Invite Only LLC) return to the Community Board 3 docket tonight to jointly pitch the concept before the advisory body. Their application first appeared as an agenda item three months ago, and was twice withdrawn since. […]

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Owner Randy Rodriguez, Photo: Cabalito

Rumor: ‘Cabalito’ is Closing its Essex Street Spot in a Couple Weeks

Posted October 11, 2016 at 5:05 am

The rumor mill is churning again this morning… We hear word this week that Seward Park Salvadoran newcomer Cabalito Pupuseria is approaching the end of the road at 13 Essex Street. Apparently closure is happening real soon, allegedly pegged for sometime in the next two weeks. Proprietor Randy Rodriguez – former barista at Cafe Grumpy […]

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After More Two Decades, Met Food’s Little Italy Grocery is on its Way Out

Posted October 7, 2016 at 5:00 am

Their number was just called. The long-running Met Foodmarket grocery store at the southwest corner of Prince and Mulberry Streets is not long for this world. That much is blatantly clear with a series of leasing banners now stretched across the facade of the market, acting as token tombstone signage. According to the retail listing – the […]

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