Forsythia Now Serving Pasta to Stanton Street After Pandemic Delay
An East Village pasta pop-up, and pandemic refugee, finally settles in its permanent home on the Lower East Side.
Forsythia was initially bound for 9 Stanton Street, and first appeared before Community Board 3 more than a year ago. The intention included a Memorial Day 2020 debut, but the novel coronavirus had other plans, forcing the Roman-inspired newcomer into a pop-up kitchen for some five months.
Despite the limitations, the business seemed to flourish, serving make-at-home meal kits and takeout tasting menus.
Forsythia opened on Stanton Street last week for outdoor dining only. Seating is available in a heated, waterproof outdoor area, which holds fourteen seats and will stay alive through the winter. Customers will eventually be welcomed inside the dining room, though probably not until later in November, according to Eater.
Ahead of indoor dining, precautionary measures are in place to reduce the likelihood of exposure to COVID-19 – new ventilation systems, units to increase air flow, two windows at the front of the restaurant, and tables spaced at least 15 feet apart.
The last time an Italian restaurant featured at 9 Stanton Street was the decade-long reign of Mangiami. Following its shutter in the spring of 2013, The Box’s Richard Kimmel planted a flag with Kitty’s Canteen, a kitschy Jewish soul-food joint that operated in a bordello-type environment. It became somewhat of a hotspot with “sexy crowds,” thanks in part to the financial involvement of Snoop Dogg.