Serafina

Brinkley’s and Southside are Finished After 12 Years, as Serafina Waits in the Wings

Posted June 27, 2017 at 5:07 am

Brinkley’s and its Southside counterpart are both closing down after a dozen years on the border of Little Italy. The Martignetti brothers decided to cease operations at the latter club this past Saturday; the former will shutter middle of next week. Eater, which reported the news a couple weeks ago, dubbed the two bars “veritable meat […]

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Serafina Ludlow Reopens After Brief DOH Closure

Posted March 29, 2017 at 9:52 am

Demise isn’t yet in the cards for Serafina Ludlow, it seems. On Monday afternoon, just a few days after the Department of Health shuttered the four-month-old satellite location, the gates were hoisted and restaurant reopened. Business as usual. The city stopped by twice last week, and leveled a bevy of violations against Serafina, resulting in […]

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Health Department Shutters Serafina Ludlow 4 Months into Operations [UPDATED]

Last modified March 27, 2017 at 8:39 am

Several local brunch seekers pointed out that the four-month-old Serafina satellite at Ludlow and Rivington Streets was closed for business this weekend. Mysteriously, and without any notice or letter to patrons. Since the main line to the restaurant rang forever, we phoned other Serafina locations for more detail. Apparently there are some ambiguous “issues” to resolve, […]

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Serafina Rolls out the Red Carpet for its Rivington Street Opening

Posted November 29, 2016 at 5:10 am

It doesn’t get much tackier than this. Last night, Serafina literally rolled out the red carpet and photo backdrop for the opening of its Lower East Side location at 98 Rivington Street. Drum-and-bass music kept the crowd of insiders (not of the neighborhood) at bay. Also, note the “cocktails and pizza” neon lettering which seems […]

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Looking Inside Serafina’s New Ludlow Street Outpost; Opening Delayed Two Weeks [Updated]

Last modified November 14, 2016 at 7:24 am

Serafina opens at 98 Rivington Street on November 28, delayed two weeks from its initial target of Wednesday.  It’s a watershed moment that sees another restaurant chain invade the Hell Square environs. After eight months of shuttered gates and anticipation, the doors have been open the last few weeks, showing off the goods, so to […]

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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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CB3 Approves Serafina for Rivington; Chinatown Fights Against Le Baron Replacement

Last modified May 17, 2016 at 1:25 pm

Italian cuisine will remain at 98 Rivington Street, as Serafina scored its approval. And Chinatown is against whatever Le Baron replacement Ron Castellano has up his sleeve. Those are the dual headlines from last night’s SLA subcommittee meeting of Community Board 3. The gathering was mind-numbing, as per usual, with the added benefit of a […]

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Will CB3 Make Good on its Promise to Curb the Liquor License Saturation in Hell Square?

Last modified September 1, 2017 at 7:00 pm

“CB3 … will not approve license applications that are subject to the 500-foot rule unless they meet the high standard of being in the public interest.” –Community Board 3, April 2016 resolution Restaurateur Michael Stillman was handed defeat last month for his Quality Eats outpost proposed for Ludlow Street. Community Board 3 denied the application, […]

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Serafina is Indeed Opening a Lower East Side Locale

Last modified April 15, 2016 at 6:01 am

Serafina is indeed gunning for a Lower East Side presence. The former home of Galli Restaurant on Rivington Street, in fact. The gates of 98 Rivington were raised yesterday afternoon, revealing the dormant space. More importantly, a woman out front spent several hours collecting signatures of support for the new Serafina location. The petition on […]

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Is Serafina Angling to Open a Lower East Side Locale on Ludlow Street?

Posted March 25, 2016 at 5:00 am

Looks like another heavy-hitter is stepping up to the proverbial plate in Hell Square. In keeping with the tradition of Italian restaurants at 98 Rivington Street, it appears Serafina is the latest suitor for the commercial space. You read right. Serafina. The April docket of nightlife hopefuls is hot off the Community Board 3 presses. […]

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