New Bodega Opens in Joon Cleaners Space on East Broadway

Posted October 6, 2015 at 5:19 am

​The former Joon Cleaners at 219 East Broadway finally has a replacement, three years after the death of its owner. Those evergreen leasing signs above the storefront were deposed weeks ago, as a new bodega is set to open here. Behind that new security gate system, ownership had gradually prepared the space; shelving is now […]

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Shakeup at Pearl & Ash: Kitchen Changes and Renovations

Posted October 6, 2015 at 5:10 am

You may have seen those trendy garbage bag curtains hanging in the windows of Pearl & Ash the last couple days. The restaurant is not closing, but retooling after a recent shakeup in the kitchen. (The first cracks of uncertainty.) Former executive chef Richard Kuo left the business and has already been replaced. Managing partners […]

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Webster Hall-Backed ‘Mul-Bay Cocktail Lounge’ Gives up Bid for Chinatown

Posted October 6, 2015 at 5:00 am

​Mul-bay went Mul-bust. That’s the word on the street, anyway. Just check out the new for rent signs that returned to the shuttered grates on 69 Mulberry Street. The Webster Hall-backed cocktail lounge met with entrenched community opposition almost from the get go. And it seemed that, at every turn, principals Lon Ballinger and Kenny […]

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Lower East Side Pickle Festival Attracts (and Feeds) the Hordes [PHOTOS]

Posted October 5, 2015 at 5:19 am

The annual Lower East Side Pickle Day certainly lucked out with the weather yesterday, especially after a stormy weekend. Come rain or brine, it was gonna happen. Thousands flocked to Orchard Street in the afternoon from all corners of the Tri-state to feast on pickles and other foodie selections. That is, if you had the patience […]

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‘Ni’s Japanese Delicacies’ Joining New Japanese Restaurant at 14 Orchard Street

Posted October 5, 2015 at 5:00 am

Once Alexander Olch moves his tie shop to the corner, 14A Orchard Street will welcome a new eatery. Per our previous reports, Lovely Day owner Kazusa Jibiki is taking over the lease for the new concept, which we now learn is a Japanese joint. And it’ll feature a three-year veteran vendor of the Essex Street […]

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New ‘Kitty’s a-Go-Go’ Snack Shop on Stanton Street Taps Snoop Dogg as Partner

Posted October 2, 2015 at 9:27 am

So, it turns out the Kitty’s Canteen offshoot in the adjacent retail at 11 Stanton Street boasts the Doggfather as partner. Indeed, Snoop Dogg (nay, Calvin Broadus Jr.), an early adoptor of the restaurant, now counts himself as co-owner with The Box’s Richard Kimmel on the tiny takeout joint. Dubbed Kitty’s a-Go-Go, this “light” version […]

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Former Ludlow Street Pizzeria Gets Some ‘Zing’ with New Rice Shop

Posted October 2, 2015 at 5:00 am

Within the last couple weeks, the former Via Tribunali pizzeria on Ludlow Street was completely disemboweled. Its token coal-fired oven smashed, with dining room in complete disarray. To that end, we had heard some chatter of late that a fast-food Greek spot would open in this spot. Not so. Get ready for some zing! Proprietor […]

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‘Dudley’s Deli’ Announced for Former Guss’ Pickles on Orchard Street

Posted October 1, 2015 at 9:23 am

Dimes isn’t the only Lower East Side cafe doubling down on the “D” (for deli). Let’s head five blocks north. Two months after breaking the news, the Dudley’s expansion remains in the renovation phase. Crinkled brown paper is still the only sight at 87 Orchard Street, where the popular Australian eatery plans to install complementary […]

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Fro-No: Red Mango on Allen Street is Closed for the Duration

Posted September 30, 2015 at 5:15 am

Mass market fro-yo really is going the way of the Dodo. Pinkberry and 16 Handles are both losing retail spaces across town. Red Mango, too, it seems. The four-and-a-half-year-old Red Mango at 145 Allen Street has been silent for the last free weeks. Roll-down security gates are drawn during the stated business hours and calls to […]

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Kossar’s Bialys in Ruins, Teaser Plywood for the Next 6 Weeks

Posted September 30, 2015 at 5:13 am

Kossar’s Bialys officially closed its doors last week for a months-anticipated tune-up. Pithy plywood signage holds court during this remodeling period, teasing that “after 80 years, we decided to have a little work done,” and that the bakery is “coming (back) soon.” Check out a peek behind the boards. The self-imposed closure should last approximately […]

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