154 Orchard Street


Struggling ‘Red Compass Lounge’ Downsizes on Orchard Street After 8 Months

Posted September 28, 2016 at 5:09 am

The loss of the David Owens Vintage boutique to 161 Rivington Street last year is apparently in vain. Its replacement at 154 Orchard Street, Red Compass Lounge & Bar, admitted defeat and downsized half its footprint just a few days ago. A recent walkby reveals that the eight-month-old Georgian eatery has completely withdrawn itself from the […]

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As One Vape Shop Exits Hell Square, Another Sparks Up

Posted July 8, 2016 at 5:15 am

Less than a month after VapeYa was smoked out of Orchard Street, another such shop just opened two weeks ago. Just down the block, too. The Lucky Panda Vape Shop (and lounge) is now holding court upstairs at 154 Orchard Street, formerly a salon and, most recently, a pop-up for that Interpol-Wu Tang supergroup. And it’ll […]

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Interpol-Wu Tang Supergroup Banks & Steelz Opens Orchard Street Pop-Up

Posted May 20, 2016 at 5:12 am

Rap-rock seems to be enjoying a brief resurgence this season. Heavy on the news that three-fourths of Rage Against the Machine will join Chuck D and Cypress Hill’s B-Real to form Prophets of Rage, another supergroup of sorts has entered the fray. Interpol frontman Paul Banks joined forces with Wu Tang Clan’s RZA for a […]

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‘Red Compass’ Soft Opens Tomorrow at Former Mission Chinese Space on Orchard Street

Posted December 29, 2015 at 5:17 am

Over on Orchard Street, the Red Compass points to Georgia. As in, the country. After more than three months of renovation work, this so-called Red Compass at 154 Orchard is now complete. We are told that the soft launch for the Georgian-style restaurant is tomorrow, with the more official grand opening planned for sometime after […]

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‘Compass’ Proceeding with Restaurant in Doomed Mission Chinese Space on Orchard Street

Posted September 11, 2015 at 5:06 am

Compass Restaurant and Bar is proceeding into the minefield otherwise known as 154 Rivington Street. The teaser signage recently placed in the windows all but confirms to the public the imminent arrival. As previously reported, principal Beka Peradze (ODA House) plans to install a Georgian-style (as in, the country) restaurant here, occupying both the former […]

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Rent Hike Pushes David Owens Vintage Boutique to 161 Rivington Street

Posted August 18, 2015 at 5:17 am

Narnia Vintage vacated the Lower East Side last month after thirteen years. Like so much else these days, the boutique picked up and relocated to Brooklyn. Yet, before a period of vacancy (or uncertainty) could set in, a likeminded replacement is on the way. It’s another veteran local retailer. The sandwich board sitting in the […]

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‘Compass’ Needs One Before Opening at Doomed 154 Orchard Street

Posted August 5, 2015 at 5:13 am

The post-Mission mission, as it were, has commenced at 154 Orchard Street. Although the plans have changed rather drastically since our last progress report. Tal Lavi – proprietor of Third Avenue Ale House – previously lobbied to install a Mediterranean concept (tentatively called “Shalom Tov”) in the former rat den that housed Mission Chinese Food. […]

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Notes from CB3: Karaoke Boho and Norman’s Cay Win, Mission Chinese Replacement Loses

Posted February 10, 2015 at 5:00 am

These days, Orchard Street – once a major player in the “bargain district” of yore – is simply just another drunken destination on the Lower East Side. Its character and charm is being soiled by saturation (and overdevelopment), at least north of Delancey. And last night, three applicants pitched concepts before the SLA subcommittee of Community […]

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Mediterranean Bar Hopes to Nab Doomed Mission Chinese Space on Orchard Street

Posted January 30, 2015 at 5:14 am

Looks like one hopeful restaurateur is interested in taking over the lower level of 154 Orchard Street. This address, of course, is the notorious previous home of Mission Chinese Food. The space comes with a terrible vermin problem and a backyard that is not legal (a death trap, even). Chef-owner Danny Bowien is still embroiled […]

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Former Mission Chinese Landlord on Orchard Trying to Pitch Doomed Space for $10,000

Posted November 5, 2014 at 9:27 am

“The place needs work.” Yeah, no shit. That’s the understatement of the century regarding 154 Orchard Street, the former home of Mission Chinese Food. Drama at this address eventually led to Mission Cantina and lawsuits between owner Danny Bowien and landlord Abraham Noy, thanks in large part to a dangerous space with a terrible vermin […]

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