Mulberry Street

Eli Zabar’s ‘Night Shift’ Beer Bar Eyes Chinatown Expansion [Updated]

Last modified August 31, 2017 at 1:36 pm

Another bar for Zabar… A few months after heir-to-the-throne Oliver Zabar announced plans for an all-day cafe (i.e. bakery-restaurant) with dad Eli at 192 Mott Street, we learn that the deal is off. Replaced instead with a new proposal deeper into Chinatown. Word came down the pike yesterday afternoon that the father-son team will impart […]

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Uneven Ground: Is there a CB3 Double Standard Regarding Chinatown Restaurants? [OP-ED]

Posted August 17, 2017 at 8:29 am

The following opinion piece was written by Chinatown activist, and Community Board 3 member Karlin Chan. As a member of Community Board 3, but primarily as a Chinatown resident, activist, and advocate, I cannot keep silent any further. It is disturbing to see CB3 apply different sets of rules when it comes to the SLA subcommittee’s […]

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Le Baron Replacement to Go Before CB3 Next Month

Posted June 29, 2017 at 5:10 am

The survivors of Le Baron, still holding onto hope of a successor establishment on Mulberry Street, are headed back to the community board level for further consideration. Principals of MJK Foods LLC had tried to score a full liquor license by going straight to the State Liquor Authority, but were apparently stonewalled. Indeed, MJK Foods now appears […]

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Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden Screening an Evening of Film Tomorrow

Posted June 15, 2017 at 5:10 am

Riding on the coattails of Clayton Dean Smith’s success with Off Track Betty at the 2016 Brooklyn Film Festival, the Friends of Elizabeth Street Garden is looking to further engage the community by hosting its own film festival, dubbed “NYC: Lost and Found.” Alongside an Off Track Betty encore viewing, the film lineup includes two additional 15-minute productions […]

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How One Chinatown Block is Mobilizing Against the Controversial ‘Le Baron’ Replacement

Last modified June 28, 2017 at 9:51 am

Le Baron has been dead in the water since June 2015, having dipped out for a “summer vacation” that ultimately proved permanent. Two years later, elements of the former ownership are still committed to opening a new nightclub on the spot, but Chinatown residents aren’t having it. So much so, that the Chinatown Residents Block […]

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‘Food Bazaar Supermarket’ Coming to Former Met Foods on Mulberry Street

Posted May 11, 2017 at 5:00 am

The Met Food market on Mulberry Street closed forever back in December, capping a twenty-five year tenancy in Little Italy for the owner-siblings. Neighbors initially cried foul at the loss of a friendly, low-cost option in an area starved of such services. There were also simultaneous fears that a high-end grocery would take the reins. […]

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Met Foods Closes this Saturday After 25 Years in Little Italy

Last modified December 29, 2016 at 8:15 am

Twin leasing banners have spanned the Met Foodmarket storefront since October, as we were the first to report. Now closure is palpable. The Mulberry Street supermarket will close forever at the end of business on Saturday, capping a twenty-five year tenancy in Little Italy. A farewell sign in the windows thanks “valued customers” for their patronage […]

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After More Two Decades, Met Food’s Little Italy Grocery is on its Way Out

Posted October 7, 2016 at 5:00 am

Their number was just called. The long-running Met Foodmarket grocery store at the southwest corner of Prince and Mulberry Streets is not long for this world. That much is blatantly clear with a series of leasing banners now stretched across the facade of the market, acting as token tombstone signage. According to the retail listing – the […]

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Shady Le Baron Replacement in Chinatown Tries Again for Liquor License

Posted June 20, 2016 at 5:14 am

Chinatown longtimers aren’t taking too kindly to the influx of newcomer nightlife. Whether it’s the cool kids at Mr. Fong’s, the incoming Winnie’s replacement on Bayard Street, or faux area aesthetic of Chinese Tuxedo, none are seemingly welcome. A unified front is established, spearheaded by neighborhood activist Karlin Chan. His latest conquest is 32 Mulberry Street, […]

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Is this Le Baron ‘Small Plates’ Replacement a Bait-and-Switch?

Posted May 4, 2016 at 5:12 am

The shiny shoes of Le Baron will be filled, and by a familiar face at that. Former co-owner Ron Castellano (Santos Party House, Rosette) seeks to impart a “sushi restaurant and bar” in the former home of Le Baron at 32 Mulberry Street. The as-yet-unnamed establishment (MJK Foods LLC) will serve a menu of small plates, […]

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