Food

Samesa is the First Vendor Casualty in the New Essex Market

Posted November 19, 2019 at 5:09 am

Open only six months, the first vendor of the new Essex Market has gone belly up. Not one of the long-timers, though. Samesa ended its brief run earlier this month. Established by brothers Max and Eli Sussman in 2016, Samesa first announced its Lower East Side grab-and-go stall one year ago. The Middle Eastern restaurant […]

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Market Line Debuts Beneath Essex Market this Friday

Posted November 19, 2019 at 5:04 am

Come Friday, Essex Crossing hits another goal. Debut of the Market Line. There have been no official communications about the launch, but this date is two days later than participating vendors had previously communicated. (And a full season later than publicized at the Market itself.) Once fully operational, the Market Line is to occupy 150,000 […]

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Famous Hakki Opens ‘Cluck’s’ Fried Chicken Spot on Essex Street

Posted November 18, 2019 at 5:03 am

Famous pizza maker Hakki Akdeniz just unveiled his latest fast food concept. It’s chicken-focused fast food and seems poised to collect plenty of cash from weekend revelers in Hell Square. Cluck’s debuted last week at 115 Essex Street, mere steps from Hakki’s Champion Pizza. The signature menu offering here is the “chicken cone,” which is […]

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LES School Again Raising Money to Buy Thanksgiving Turkeys for its Students in Need

Posted November 14, 2019 at 5:06 am

For the second year in a row, the folks at P.S. 140 Nathan Straus School are giving back to the community this Thanksgiving. This time, the PTA is doubling down, aiming to donate 200 turkeys to students and their families in need for the upcoming holiday. So far, $540 of the $4,000 goal has been […]

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At the New Metro Acres on Clinton Street, Traces of a Long Lost Supermarket

Posted November 14, 2019 at 5:00 am

Back in June, news dropped that Fine Fare would cease operations at 175 Clinton Street, and that City Acres Market was opening. Now, the transition to the locals-branded Metro Acres is nearly complete. Change abounds inside the supermarket where everything is getting a tune-up, from aisles and signage, to the product itself. Notably, though, workers […]

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Partybus Bakeshop Soft Opens on Essex Street

Posted November 13, 2019 at 5:05 am

The Partybus is parked on Essex Street and now serving. The new bakeshop – situated directly across from Seward Park – soft opened to the public yesterday. Founded by baker Jacqueline Russo Eng, Partybus Bakeshop got its start in the nearby Hester Fair before going brick-and-mortar at 31 Essex. It offers a “rotating seasonal menu […]

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Little Gio’s Pizza Expands with Orchard Street Outpost

Posted November 13, 2019 at 5:01 am

An East Village pizzeria is making its way south into Hell Square. Little Gio’s, which currently holds down a parlor on 1st Avenue, just announced its expansion a few blocks south to 194 Orchard Street. The five-year-old business took over, and installed the requisite signage atop the shuttered gate. The space had been vacant in […]

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With Lease Renewed, B&H Dairy Undergoes Makeover

Posted November 11, 2019 at 5:00 am

Currently celebrating eighty-one years on the Lower East Side, B&H Dairy has a new look. Last week, the restaurant took a three-day break in order to spruce things up a bit. Updated equipment, new floors, wainscoting, and a fresh coat of paint. Of greater importance, however, is the official update (via Facebook) that a lease […]

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Cheeky’s Sandwiches Moves Around the Corner; Burrito Spot on the Way

Posted November 6, 2019 at 5:06 am

Cheeky’s Sandwiches is now serving around the corner from its longtime Orchard Street home. As of last week, the ten-year-old business is operating out of the narrow shoe-box retail of 36 Allen (essentially the backside of its HQ). The change of location, albeit temporary, hasn’t dampened crowds, though. A visit this week had us pinned […]

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Hawk This: The Life, Death, and Rebirth of the Orchard Street Pedestrian Mall

Posted November 6, 2019 at 5:00 am

The daytime bustle of Orchard Street Sundays is dead. But the Lower East Side Partnership, the area’s business improvement district, seeks a revival. Several readers wrote us this past week regarding the removal of traffic signs denoting the weekly Sunday pedestrian mall on Orchard Street, the only closure of its kind in the Five Boroughs. […]

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