Food

Epstein’s Bar Revival Underway with 310 Bowery Bar Principal at the Helm

Posted April 24, 2017 at 5:00 am

It was bound to happen; Epstein’s Bar is making a comeback. Quiet since September 2015, the cornershop at 82 Stanton Street that previously housed Epstein’s Bar is revived. The security gates have been shuttered for the majority of that time, yet the last few weeks have seen increased activity; on separate occasions we spotted suits […]

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‘Brooklyn Diamond’ Coffee will Shine where Tiny Empire Failed on Lafayette Street

Posted April 21, 2017 at 5:19 am

Where one Brooklyn business failed, another is giving it a go. And this one, a contribution to “Latte Lane.” Brooklyn Diamond is making its way to the eastern fringe of SoHo. The misnomer of a coffee shop has grand plans for 234 Lafayette Street, its second location in Manhattan, and third overall. From the about […]

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‘Yokoya Ramen’ Opened on Allen Street this Week

Posted April 20, 2017 at 5:00 am

Another noodle joint just joined the ranks of upper Allen Street. Thanks to branded canopy and illuminated signage, we’ve known for months. Yokoya Ramen is here. Yokoya Ramen opened earlier this week, and occupies the small square-footage that previously hosted the Allen Street Deli. It’s the second of three ramen vendors to plant roots on […]

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‘Parantha Alley’ is the Latest Food Vendor to Join the Bowery Market

Posted April 19, 2017 at 5:03 am

The Bowery Market, the open-air food hub that debuted last July, just scored another full-time vendor. Parantha Alley is set to open a food stall inside the former front lot of Downtown Auto & Tire. Its arrival is teased with a new mural on the Great Jones Street facade. Parantha Alley is a veteran of the […]

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‘Birds & Bubbles’ Sues Forsyth Street Landlord for $1.3M over Rash of Flooding from Building Renovations

Posted April 18, 2017 at 9:35 am

Birds & Bubbles closed last month without warning. Now we know why. Chef-owner Sarah Simmons is suing the landlord for negligence over conditions that essentially destroyed the restaurant. Veracity Real Estate purchased the pair of tenements at 100-102 Forsyth in January 2016 for the enormous sum of $16 million. Shortly thereafter, the renovations (and problems […]

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‘Hemlock’ Opens Tomorrow at the Former Near & Far on Rivington Street

Posted April 18, 2017 at 5:12 am

Miller’s Near & Far spent three years at 65 Rivington Street before fading into obscurity in August 2016. Now it’s replacement, Hemlock, is ready to give it a go. The restaurant opens tomorrow after seven months under the knife. Diego Moya – former sous chef at Mario Batali’s Casa Mono in Union Square – is behind the new fourteen-table concept. […]

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Vegan Mexican Joint ‘JaJaJa’ Opens Friday on East Broadway

Posted April 18, 2017 at 5:02 am

The light board has been affixed to the facade of 162 East Broadway for months. Now, it’s lit up with the greeting, “Hola Chinatown! We see you.” This is how the plant-based newcomer JaJaJa is announcing itself to the Chinatown neighborhood it invaded. It opens to the public on Friday. JaJaJa (Plantas Mexicana) is a vegan […]

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Whole Foods Bowery Replaces its Beer Room with ‘Coffee Bar’

Posted April 18, 2017 at 5:00 am

As part of its overarching effort to liven it up and rebrand, the ten-year-old Whole Foods Bowery just closed their enormous beer room. The store ended operations yesterday, but won’t stay empty long. The food emporium is about to impart an “exciting new coffee bar” in the space. Whole Foods is certainly going through all sorts of changes of […]

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‘Samovarchik’ is a Russian Snack Bar that Just Took over Kitty’s a-Go-Go on Stanton Street

Posted April 17, 2017 at 9:35 am

Kitty’s on Stanton Street isn’t completely dead, after all. Despite earlier rumors and reports to the contrary, Kitty’s Canteen still holds court at 9 Stanton Street. Operations never ceased. Its “Go-Go” spinoff next door, on the other hand, didn’t make it and was just replaced. Kitty’s a-Go-Go cashed in one of its nine lives, so […]

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‘Butcher Bar’ Bows this Week on Orchard Street

Posted April 17, 2017 at 5:00 am

Three months ago, we first broke news that the Queens-based Butcher Bar was planning a Lower East Side smokehouse. Subsequent weeks brought small changes to the facade of 146 Orchard Street – a neon here, a velvet curtain and window leafing there. Its debut is now days away. Employees at the Astoria outpost tell us that […]

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