New Clinton Street Baking Company Dining Room is Almost Ready

Posted May 27, 2015 at 5:00 am

Thirteen years in one place, the Clinton Street Baking Company is poised to stretch its proverbial legs with the new corner annex at East Houston. But not just yet. Wintertime predictions pegged the debut as sometime in March, but gut renovation is taking much longer than anticipated, it seems. Just a few weeks ago, there […]

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It’s Been 5 Years Since Cafe Colonial Shuttered

Posted May 26, 2015 at 5:10 am

It was exactly five years ago that Cafe Colonial concluded its run at 73 East Houston Street. The longtime favorite – here at the corner of Mulberry for fifteen years – shuttered back on May 25, 2010 thanks to tripled rent. And what could afford that but flashy boutique chain Rag & Bone? Rag & […]

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The LES Dwellers Call for Dissolution of 7th Precinct Community Council

Posted May 22, 2015 at 9:32 am

The flashpoint local block association, LES Dwellers, are again at the forefront of controversy. This time, ire is directed toward the 7th Precinct Community Council for purported lack of transparency. The proverbial straw that broke the Hell Square back was cancellation of the scheduled public session at the last community affairs meeting on Wednesday. From the mailbag: […]

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Spaghetti Incident Will Open This Weekend on Eldridge Street

Posted May 20, 2015 at 5:12 am

Call Axl Rose; the Spaghetti Incident is just days from happening at 231 Eldridge Street. We are told that the newcomer – in the works since November – opens to the public this weekend after a short period of friends-and-family gatherings. Emanuele Attala, the chef-owner of Malatesta and its sister restaurant Malaparte, just joined forces […]

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Cafe Koneko to Open Shop on Upper Clinton Street

Posted May 15, 2015 at 5:11 am

The crowded cafe scene on Clinton Street is gaining another entrant. Cafe Koneko is the latest hopeful on the block, angling to open shop inside the former home of both the Bang Bang tattoo studio and WAKA WAKA at number 26. Cafe Koneko (meaning kitten in Japanese) is pitched as a six-table establishment with one […]

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Fire-Scorched ‘Black Crescent’ Should Return to Clinton Street by June 1

Last modified May 14, 2015 at 6:42 pm

Exactly one year into its maiden stint at 76 Clinton Street, a debilitating basement blaze tore through Black Crescent. The flames (an alleged electrical fire) raced upstairs and essentially incinerated the popular oyster bar. Plywood boards and tarps materialized almost immediately after the early-January tragedy. Distraught fans of the establishment then quickly penned well-wishes as […]

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Charlie Bird Confirmed for Former Toby’s Public House on Kenmare Street

Posted May 12, 2015 at 5:10 am

Team Charlie Bird is, in fact, taking over the space at 86 Kenmare Street, as first reported yesterday. Eater follows up on our story, noting that sommelier Robert Bohr confirmed that he and partners Grant Reynolds and chef Ryan Hardy are working on a new restaurant at the old Toby’s Public House. The 50-seat establishment […]

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The Streit’s Matzo Factory was Acquired for $30.5M

Last modified May 11, 2015 at 1:00 pm

The deal is done. Streit’s Matzo officially unloaded its historic 90-year-old factory on Rivington Street for a hefty $30.5 million, according to the deed filed with the city today. The buyer is none other than Cogswell Realty, a midtown-based real estate firm that specializes in “flying under the radar” with its property acquisitions. Ergo, expect […]

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Kossar’s Bialys Will Probably Close This Summer for Remodeling

Posted May 11, 2015 at 9:22 am

Kossar’s Bialys, the warehouse bakery at 367 Grand Street, has been under the tutelage of partners Marc Halprin, Evan Giniger, and David Zablocki the last year-and-a-half. The trio purchased the Lower East Side icon in the fall of 2013, and are bringing the business into the next generation with better quality product and even breaking […]

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There’s a New Japanese Ramen House Opening on Eldridge Street

Posted May 11, 2015 at 5:18 am

Chinese Eldridge Street will soon welcome some Japanese cuisine. Signage went up last week announcing the forthcoming arrival of Gen Ramen at 112 Eldridge. The newcomer describes itself as an Asian fusion outpost and will boast slender eat-in options. There will only be eight tables onsite, according to application materials submitted to Community Board 3. […]

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