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Serafina will Open its Ludlow Street Restaurant on November 16

Posted October 25, 2016 at 5:00 am

There it is. It’s official. Yellow teaser banners at 98 Rivington Street promise that Serafina will open on November 16. Quite a surprise, actually. Build-out of this Lower East Side location has been ongoing for months – seemingly secretly – with painted gates closed. The advertising signs didn’t arrive until a few days ago (and […]

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Overbuilt ‘Orchard Street Hotel’ Again Seeks Booze in Saturated Hell Square

Posted October 20, 2016 at 5:05 am

For the second time in as many years, hotel operators Nico Moinian and Nader Ohebshalom will try again to install nightlife at the Orchard Street Hotel. As before, it’s an uphill battle in Hell Square that won’t be easy. The lodge opened at 163 Orchard last year, yet without the food and beverage component on which profit […]

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‘Taqueria Diana’ will Open at 69 Clinton Street this Spring, Potentially with ‘Street Seat’ in Tow

Posted October 20, 2016 at 5:00 am

No more dumplings; no more dookie chains. With C&C Dumpling and the La Socia Pawn Shop gone from 69 Clinton Street, the popular Taqueria Diana restaurant is ready to take over. Both inside and out. Yep. Taqueria Diana is definitely opening a second outpost at 69 Clinton Street, as we first reported over the summer. […]

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Warren 77 Partner Still Trying to Take Over Fontana’s on Eldridge Street

Posted October 13, 2016 at 5:18 am

The bid to replace Fontana’s on Eldridge Street is gradually proceeding. Warren 77 partner Eddie Bilowich and Ise Restaurant’s Manabu Nishigaki (aka Invite Only LLC) return to the Community Board 3 docket tonight to jointly pitch the concept before the advisory body. Their application first appeared as an agenda item three months ago, and was twice withdrawn since. […]

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With ‘Yokoya Ramen’ on the Way, Allen Street is Suddenly a Haven for Noodles

Posted October 5, 2016 at 5:00 am

In just over a year, the northern border of Allen Street is well on its way to becoming a destination for ramen. Mr. Taka Ramen was the first of three to plant a flag here last November, and has skyrocketed in popularity. Then, we reported this week that five-month-old Chelsea Market vendor, Mokbar, is planning to open […]

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Chelsea Market’s ‘Mokbar’ is Opening a New Ramen Shop on Allen Street

Posted October 3, 2016 at 5:11 am

The northern terminus of Allen Street is about to get its second ramen joint. In due course, Chelsea Market staple, Mokbar, will debut some sort of stand-alone brick-and-mortar slurp shop at 163 Allen Street. While there is no official mention of the expansion online, the venture is confirmed by application paperwork submitted to Community Board […]

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Stop the City from Granting Yep Tour an Intercity Bus Permit, Neighbors Say

Posted October 3, 2016 at 5:00 am

Regulating the Chinatown bus industry is a dead end. The system is broken, and the rogue operators remain on point to capitalize. Illegally, at that. The Chinatown bus town hall organized two years ago was little more than a dog and pony show, despite the attendance of politicians and police brass. Substantive change in this […]

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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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JDS Champions Affordability with its 1,000-Foot Luxury Tower on the LES Waterfront

Last modified September 27, 2016 at 9:13 am

It was standing room only last night in Two Bridges, and not for a screening of the Clinton-Trump debate. Rather a community meeting about the incoming 1,000-foot residential tower at 247 Cherry Street brought to the area by JDS Development and SHoP Architects. The assembly itself was civil, albeit tense. How could it not be? […]

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Hotelier Hank Freid Withdraws Application for Massive Rooftop Bar to Meet with Neighbors

Posted September 20, 2016 at 5:09 am

The grassroots furor over a new “Times Square style” rooftop at the Holiday Inn Delancey has already become a hurdle for the latest operator gunning for the space. Controversial hotelier Hank Freid withdrew his application from the Community Board 3 docket yesterday at the last minute. The proposal was to be heard by the SLA […]

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