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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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‘Simply Hooked’ is One Inspection from Clinton Street Launch

Posted March 20, 2017 at 5:00 am

Simply Hooked is simply one inspection from its maiden voyage. The Clinton Street fish-and-chips joint peeled away the white butcher paper from its windows not too long ago, and instead replaced with artwork of whales and sea life from students in the New Amsterdam School (62 Avenue B). Behind that veneer, the operation is basically ready […]

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Khushboo Quits Clinton Street After 3 Years

Posted March 17, 2017 at 5:09 am

In yet another sign of transition along Clinton Street, the three-year-old Indian restaurant near East Houston just closed down. Khushboo, as it’s called, called it quits earlier this week. News of its closure follows other high-profile shutters including Tapeo29 and Thelma (which is actually a rebranding). The outgoing Khushboo first opened at 6 Clinton Street […]

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‘Chillhouse’ Eases onto Essex Street, Serving Coffee and Massages

Posted March 17, 2017 at 5:04 am

After months of planning and build-out, Chillhouse is now up and running on Essex Street. And already drawing crowds; the place was busy last night when we ambled past. The kitschy concept is a hybrid that pairs spa services with a small cafe menu (i.e. tavern parlor). Touted as the “modern path to total relaxation […]

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Neon Outage Puts Unfortunate ‘Ugh’ in Russ & Daughters

Posted March 16, 2017 at 5:16 am

It’s always fun to see what words are created when neon signs are on the fritz. Sorta like a game of hangman. Today brings an unfortunate outage to Lower East Side classic, Russ & Daughters. Most of the letters on the marquee are dark, except the ironic “UGH” (and “ZER”). A tad embarrassing. But it’s […]

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Ludlow Street’s Juicy Spot Cafe Expands to Boston

Posted March 15, 2017 at 5:13 am

New York’s first Thai ice creamery just rolled its way to Beantown. Juicy Spot Cafe recently expanded to Boston’s Chinatown, specifically 16 Tyler Street. According to proprietor Lori Eng, the Boston location “will definitely consist of our ice cream rolls in addition to beverages,” she told Eater, and an official opening date will be made public in the near future. […]

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Mr. Fong’s Team Brings ‘Oliver Coffee Counter’ to Oliver Street

Posted March 15, 2017 at 5:00 am

The historic block of Oliver Street just off Chatham Square now boasts its own trendy coffee shop. And so it begins, brought to you by a familiar face in nuevo-Chinatown. Dubbed Oliver Coffee Counter, the space slings not only its namesake beverage, but also a small “international newsstand” with various periodicals (and candy). It debuted […]

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CB3 Votes to Deny Mini Rex ‘Dry Karaoke’ Bar a Liquor License on Ludlow Street

Posted March 14, 2017 at 5:08 am

Mini Rex is now livin’ on a prayer. The proposed concept for 87 Ludlow Street was dealt a blow last night, when the SLA subcommittee of Community Board 3 voted to deny. The “dry karaoke” concept (three rooms across two floors) has been gunning to take the reins from Leftfield for the last couple months. Owner-applicants […]

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Brutal Orchard Street Beating Began as a Fight Inside Pianos Nightclub

Posted March 14, 2017 at 5:03 am

In another sign that Pianos is not the music hub it once was, the club has now been implicated in that brutal beating around the corner on Orchard Street last week. The 24-year-old victim, William Franco, knew his attackers from an altercation at the Ludlow Street venue. Franco and his two future attackers reportedly got into a tussle inside […]

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