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‘Da Falafel Guys’ Coming to Rivington Street, Forged from the Remains of the Falafel Shop

Posted March 24, 2017 at 5:09 am

The retail reanimation of 127 Rivington Street includes a bizarro version of its former self. Seven months later, no longer known as the Falafel Shop, the tiny store is now home to something called Da Falafel Guys. The signage and offering are nearly identical to the predecessor, but it’s under different ownership. Da Falafel Guys […]

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Thelma on Clinton is reborn as ‘Lil Gem’ Lebanese Restaurant

Posted March 24, 2017 at 5:00 am

Chef-restaurateur Melissa O’Donnell delivered on her promise to return to the Lower East Side with a new concept. Indeed, more than a month after shuttering the three-year-old Thelma on Clinton, the space at 29 Clinton Street has been transformed into a Lebanese restaurant called Lil’ Gem. Evoking her Lebanese heritage again – Thelma was named […]

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‘375 Degrees’ Opening its Hell Square French Fries Joint Tomorrow

Posted March 23, 2017 at 5:09 am

Starting tomorrow, 124 Ludlow Street is hereafter the self-proclaimed “land of the frite, home of the crave.” In other words, Hell Square’s newest late night snack shop. (Hell Fries?) Already a year in the making, 375 Degrees (stylized 375°) is a new French fries dispensary at 124 Ludlow Street. (It occupies half the old Via […]

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‘Sam’s Fried Ice Cream’ Jumps Into Busy LES Scoop Scene with Orchard Street Shop

Posted March 23, 2017 at 5:00 am

The Lower East Side ice cream scene, having seen a bevy of activity this winter, just got another scoop, as it were. Orchard Street, behold Sam’s Fried Ice Cream. (No, not Sam the haberdasher.) In less than two weeks, the small business will christen the ground level of 37 Orchard Street, previously home to vintage […]

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Gino Sorbillo’s Pizza Joint Makes it Official on the Bowery

Posted March 22, 2017 at 5:16 am

Naples pizza master Gino Sorbillo is inching closer to unveiling his newest restaurant. The eponymous stateside pizzeria, the first in America, will soon open at 334 Bowery, between Bond and Great Jones Streets. Sidewalk shed was recently removed, and teaser posters installed in the now-liberated windows. Exact timetable on opening is elusive. By summertime seems […]

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On Stanton Street, Kitty’s Canteen and its ‘Go-Go’ Sibling Both Folded

Posted March 22, 2017 at 5:10 am

Kitty’s Canteen vanished as quietly as it came in. With roll-down gates mostly drawn, Kitty’s Canteen and its adjacent Go-Go kin always strove for that “we are most likely closed” vibe. Now it is so. Both seemingly went out of business a few months ago, closed after two-years-and-change on Stanton Street just off the Bowery. […]

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Rivington Street Stays Classy with new ’80s Bar ‘GB85’

Posted March 21, 2017 at 5:15 am

Goodbye, Will Ferrell; hello, Prince… Where Stay Classy New York formerly held court, another “hyper-focused” watering hole is poised to open. Only, this one is rooted in eighties nostalgia. Proprietor Zach Neil previously opened the popular Will Ferrell-themed bar in October 2015 to loads of hype and media coverage. It certainly hit the ground running, […]

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It Appears ‘Mazeish’ is Eyeing an Exit from Rivington Street

Posted March 21, 2017 at 5:09 am

Mazeish Grill on Rivington Street is looking for a way out, it appears. Just over two years after opening in the former Pok Pok Phat Thai space, new real estate listings are surfacing. The self-proclaimed “Persian Mediterranean grill,” which debuted in December 2014, is now on the market for $5,000 in rent, plus unspecified (yet […]

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International Center of Photography Reopens its Museum Cafe on the Bowery (without Maman)

Posted March 20, 2017 at 5:12 am

After eight months, the relationship is over. The International Center of Photography is now moving on without Maman cafe in its lobby. Maman, the French-flavored coffee shop based on Centre Street, ended its window dispensary at the museum last month. Apparently, ownership decided to part ways due to “other projects and collaborations” in the pipeline. […]

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New Seafood Restaurant Might Open at Former ‘Mimi & Coco’ on Rivington Street 

Posted March 20, 2017 at 5:03 am

Mimi & Coco, the popular Japanese restaurant that debuted in June 2013, closed and vacated 92 Rivington Street last June. Newish landlord Thor Equities – they bought the building in 2015 – subsequently sat on the commercial space and waited for the perfect occupant to sign on. That day is nigh. Now, here comes something called Chamusca (“Harvest […]

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