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Russ & Daughters Neon Lights Debut at Orchard Street Cafe Space

Posted April 17, 2014 at 6:07 am

Since it’s arguably the best neon sign around these parts, many in the neighborhood had been patiently awaiting the arrival of another Russ & Daughters sign to light up the Lower East Side. That moment arrived a couple days ago at 127 Orchard Street where the new sixty-five-seat cafe is slated to debut in the […]

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Wallplay Debuts Intelligentsia Coffee Counter as Part of Jonathan Rosen’s “I Want” Gallery Show

Posted April 15, 2014 at 6:04 am

The sandwich board outside the Wallplay showroom on Orchard Street promises an experience that’s “better than Starbucks.” The confused or intrigued should note that the announcement – dropped Sunday morning – is related to the latest endeavor inside the former MOSCOT gallery space. It’s called “(Blank),” a permanent “concept counter” run by coffee entrepreneur Fabrizio […]

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Snack Dragon Taco Shack on Orchard Street is for Rent

Posted April 11, 2014 at 5:13 am

Late-night boozers in Hell Square might have one less grazing ground to soak up that stupor. It appears the Snack Dragon Taco Shack is not long for 164 Orchard Street. A tipster passes along this three-day-old real estate listing for the space, indicating the lease is for sale. News of its likely closure arrives two months […]

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CB3 Committee Approves Max Fish and El Sombrero 2.0

Last modified April 8, 2014 at 10:34 am

It was a packed house of applicants at last night’s SLA subcommittee meeting for Community Board 3. The deluge outside didn’t stop anything. Much of the clamor was over the record eight new liquor license applications in the Hell Square area alone. It was a marathon that saw two Lower East Side longtimers receive the […]

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Norman’s Cay Adds New Chef from ABC Cocina; Sidewalk Cafe Coming Soon

Posted April 7, 2014 at 6:05 am

Six months into operations at 74 Orchard Street, there are changes to report inside the kitchen of Norman’s Cay. Mik Edelman, who apparently helped open ABC Cocina as lead line cook, is now on board. The new chef will lend his touch to the cuisine of Caribbean eats. When asked about the staff shuffle, co-owner […]

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Op-Ed: It’s Time to Leave Max Fish in the Past

Last modified April 4, 2014 at 11:28 am

Max Fish is dead. The blogs, the press, the Lower East Side death watchers stamped the time of death at 4:00 a.m. Sunday, July 30th, 2013. The night of its final demise, Max Fish was filled to the rafters with revelers who came to pay their last respects. And across the city­­, and even in parts […]

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Rob Shamlian Closes Tiny Fork, Plans ‘Biscuits and Bourbon’

Posted April 3, 2014 at 6:00 am

Nightlife maven Rob Shamlian closed the controversial Tiny Fork on Tuesday. Newspaper clippings are now taped to the windows of 167 Orchard Street, and the gaudy Vegas-style lights are switched off. Sources tell us that Shamlian decided to pull the plug on Tiny Fork because the seafood concept was hemorrhaging money. He hopes to turn […]

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An Early Look Inside the New Russ & Daughters Cafe on Orchard Street

Posted April 3, 2014 at 5:00 am

The sturgeon queens of Russ & Daughters are thisclose to scaling back the plywood from 127 Orchard Street. It is in this large through-block space, as we’ve been reporting, that the century-old appetizing company is expanding into cafe territory. This will be their first full-serve restaurant, which will include 65 seats and a menu with […]

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Recap: Gary Shteyngart Discusses ‘Little Failure’ at Tenement Talks

Posted April 1, 2014 at 10:14 am

Amidst a whirlwind book tour for Little Failure, Gary Shteyngart made a pit stop on the Lower East Side, a neighborhood he called home for a decade. The Tenement Museum wooed the critically acclaimed author to speak about his new memoir during last night’s “Tenement Talks” series. He was joined in conversation by moderator-writer Suketu […]

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More Details Emerge on the Max Fish Reboot at 120 Orchard Street

Posted April 1, 2014 at 6:05 am

Perhaps knowing that the deck might stack against them at this point, team Max Fish is absolute business with regard to its proposed reboot at 120 Orchard Street. It has to be. Hell Square is a proverbial liquor license minefield to navigate. The application packet submitted to Community Board 3 painstakingly details the plans and […]

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