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Anthony Monticello Wants to Open a Third Bar at Division and Orchard Street

Posted October 1, 2014 at 5:33 am

With the Jarmulowsky Bank hotel just a couple short years away, the surrounding area continues to brim with nightlife. Newcomers include Cochinita Dos, Skal, and the imminent arrival of Pies and Thighs, Three Points, and Ludlow Inn. Now the hot eastern front of Division Street is ready for its third liquor license. According to application […]

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Kosher Cafe Chosen to Replace Shalom Chai on Grand Street, Ending Hopes of Alex Raij and Eder Montero

Posted September 30, 2014 at 6:05 am

Kosher is the comeback kid down on Grand Street. Much of the neighborhood believed that the Seward Park Co-op board had telegraphed its latest play at the former Shalom Chai pizzeria at 357 Grand. Restaurateurs Alex Raij and Eder Montero were seemingly a shoe-in to replace the longtime Kosher eatery, having secured approval from Community […]

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‘The Butcher Block’ Cafe Angling to Take 254 Broome Street

Last modified September 29, 2014 at 8:58 pm

Its brief tenure as both gallery showroom and pop-up haven is officially over. The westernmost store of 254 Broome Street – formerly the Mayson Gallery (which moved to 75th Street) – will soon embark on its journey as cafe. Think Home Espresso Bar (RIP) but with booze. The Butcher Block – not to be confused with […]

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New Dollar Slice Joint Set to Open at Former Stanton Street Psychic

Posted September 29, 2014 at 6:00 am

It just wasn’t in the (tarot) cards for the storefront psychic at 105 Stanton Street. The den of paranormal shuttered this past July after barely two years in business. Just as the store was cleared of its contents and leasing sign affixed, the windows were papered to prepare for the next tenant. Paperwork was filed […]

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Sixth Ward Makes Changes to Illegal Backyard; Public Will Not Hear License Renewal

Posted September 29, 2014 at 5:47 am

In response to grassroots action and negative media coverage, the Sixth Ward is seemingly on something of a defensive footing. But it’s still operating in a manner that has locals up in arms, and at all hours of the night. The quick refresher is that the seven-year-old establishment operates an allegedly illegal 90-seat rear yard. […]

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Yakitori Tora Japanese Joint Now Serving on Kenmare Street

Posted September 25, 2014 at 6:00 am

The revamped and reconfigured 70-78 Kenmare Street welcomed its latest occupant this week. Another restaurant to join the so-called “Kenmare Club.” Yakitori Tora debuted the other day without any press or fanfare. Just a menu box and open door. Its arrival just west of the Bowery was somewhat expected, as workers installed its branded maroon […]

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Flight of the Conchords Fave ‘Wing Shoon Seafood Restaurant’ is Out of Business

Posted September 24, 2014 at 6:04 am

Wing Shoon Seafood Restaurant shuttered last week (September 16) after a City Marshal paid a visit and seized the joint. Now the security gates of 165 East Broadway are shut and a new leasing sign hangs above. The restaurant was the archetypal budget Chinatown eatery – cheap eats with a helping of rude service. Reviews […]

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Mission Chinese Food Finds Inspiration from Nine Inch Nails for Its Lower East Side Comeback

Posted September 23, 2014 at 6:08 am

Creative inspiration is sometimes borne from the most unlikely of sources. For Mission Chinese Food that spark ignited with Nine Inch Nails (the hand that feeds?) and Phillip Glass. In a new piece for Vice’s Munchies blog, Mission Chinese chef Angela Dimayuga divulges her creative influences, introduces a new salad dish, and provides a sneak […]

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Rayuela on Allen Street is Currently Closed for Unspecified ‘Renovations’

Posted September 22, 2014 at 6:04 am

Rayuela on Allen Street is the latest Lower East Side restaurant to employ ye olde unannounced shutter for “renovations” trick. The popular “freestyle Latino” joint (also known for its brunch) abruptly closed within the last couple days to change things up. Scope of the so-called renovations is unknown to the public at the moment, and […]

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Gaia Italian Cafe is Taking a Week-Long Break Starting Next Thursday

Posted September 19, 2014 at 6:02 am

Fair warning that Gaia Italian Cafe is taking a brief recess on September 25. Eponymous owner Gaia Bagnasacco took to the company Facebook page to note that the beloved three-year-old restaurant will reopen a week later on October 2, and to thank patrons for the support. Gaia is certainly a neighborhood treasure, and fiercely protected […]

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