Two New Restaurants for Upper Eldridge Street

Posted on: June 10th, 2011 at 6:09 am by

The following writeup was penned by our newest contributor here at Bowery Boogie, Lori Greenberg.

Will the mood on Eldridge Street change from rowdy to foodie?  Two new restaurant spaces may change the current atmosphere on the block below East Houston.

First, there’s big news about the proposed “sandwich shop” which was to occupy 245 Eldridge Street.  Neighbors feared that it really wasn’t going to be a sandwich shop – and it isn’t. But, it looks like it’s not all bad news.

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Apparently, the prospective tenant (Timothy Falzone of Avenue B rock dive White Noise) had wanted to stay open until 4:00 am every night. Fearing the place would turn into a clone of the Meatball Shop, with decibel-shattering sound levels overflowing onto the sidewalk, the landlord got worried. Word on the street is that Falzone was asked to be responsible for rent on the second floor apartment if those tenants moved out due to noise

Taking over is Zoe Feigenbaum, a local chef who got her start at such places as Per Se and local bistro, The National Cafe. She is opening a neighborhood restaurant which is geared toward attracting the foodies. Her plan is to stay open until around 11pm on the weeknights, and 11:30 – midnight on the weekends.

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Feigenbaum has already reached out to neighbors in the area, saying that she wants to work with the community, and is not at all interested in having another loud bar on the block. The neighbors on Eldridge Street are wary, though, since they’ve been burned in the past by restaurants employing the ol’ bait-and-switch.

But, Feigenbaum seems to be genuinely concerned about the noise problem which already exists on the block, and is trying to collect signatures for a wine and beer license. Judging from her track record at other restaurants, this gastropub, focusing on quality food, could be low key for the area.

The next Community Board 3 hearing is on June 20th.

Meanwhile, there is some new information to report on the nearly-completed restaurant a few doors down at 231 Eldridge Street. We hear that the owner is planning on a Japanese home cooking concept.  Quite a different atmosphere from the former “fixie” bike shop, which catered to cyclists who get off on taking their lives in their own hands; riding without gears and brakes.

We do not yet have info on the owner’s name, but she once worked for Marja Samson, aka “the Dumpling Diva,” and owner of the Kitchen Club, Chibi’s and Chibitini’s.

Stay tuned!

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