Food

TongKatsu Replaced by ‘Otaku Katsu’ on Rivington Street

Posted August 15, 2019 at 5:05 am

Over on Rivington Street, TongKatsu becomes… …Otaku Katsu. Ben Tong, owner of the former, reportedly reassigned the lease after its shutter to husband-wife team Chef Dimitri Voutsinas and Christine Argao-Voutsinas. Otaku Katsu occupies the same below-grade space at 137 Rivington, and offers a variety of katsu and Japanese sando bentos, in addition to fresh made […]

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Dudley’s will Reopen at the End of August

Posted August 14, 2019 at 5:07 am

Dudley’s is still down while work continues on its expansion next door. But the reopening is close. The project, which annexed the adjacent space on Broome Street, began one month ago, and was slated to last three weeks. While not yet open, there is a return date. Ownership tells us that the restaurant will resume […]

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Falafix is Fried After One Year on Stanton Street

Posted August 14, 2019 at 5:03 am

Well, that was quick. Stanton Street newcomer, Falafix, is reportedly out of business. Fried after one year on the block. The restaurant shuttered a couple weeks ago. Word on the street is that business was too slow to sustain. One particular customer complained on Yelp about finding the store “closed, with doors locked, lights off, […]

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Pho Grand Closes for Renovations

Posted August 7, 2019 at 5:08 am

Venerable Vietnamese restaurant Pho Grand has been closed of late. Starving area locals of a cheap meal. Bilingual signs affixed to the shuttered security gate of 277 Grand Street indicate renovations are afoot. Ordinarily this might be cause for concern, as “renovation” is often a euphemism for a fly-by-night closure. And maybe so, were it […]

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Cafe Petisco Returns as All Vegan ‘Petisco Vegano’ on East Broadway

Posted August 7, 2019 at 5:00 am

After a four-month hiatus, the green revolution is complete at 189 East Broadway. Petisco Vegano, the next chapter in the life of Cafe Petisco, is now operational. It debuted yesterday after a short friends and family period. While still serving Mediterranean fare, the menu is now completely vegan, as previously reported. It offers faux shawarma […]

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Lucien Bahaj, ‘Pink Pony’ and ‘Lucien’ Fixture, Dies at 74

Posted August 5, 2019 at 5:03 am

Another of the old neighborhood guard has passed on. Lucien Bahaj, the local icon behind Lower East Side favorites Lucien and the Pink Pony, died last week. He was 74. According to published reports, he died on July 29. The Moroccan-born Bahaj founded his eponymous French bistro on First Avenue in 1998. It was a […]

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Da Falafel Guys Folds After 2 Years on Rivington Street

Posted July 29, 2019 at 5:00 am

Da Falafel Guys are down for the count. Much like its Rivington Street predecessor. The fast-casual eatery at 157 Rivington Street hasn’t been open the last couple weeks, and the space is now stocked with junk. Calls to the Halal falafel joint are answered only by the token operator stating that the number is no […]

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‘Grand Delancey’ Craft Beer Hall Announced for the Market Line

Last modified July 24, 2019 at 7:35 am

Essex Crossing needs its booze, too. Grand Delancey, a craft beer hall with a derivative name, is the latest watering hole to litter the forthcoming Market Line. It’s purportedly pulling out all the stops; the press babble boasts “an unwavering commitment to procuring and purveying the best (and hardest-to-find) craft beers.” Settle down. The venture […]

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TongKatsu is Kaput After Less than 2 Years

Last modified July 24, 2019 at 9:39 am

Pencil in another restaurant failure at 137 Rivington Street. TongKatsu, the fast-casual Japanese spot, recently went out of business. The first sign of trouble was a post to Instagram two months ago, in which Chef-owner Ben “Seraph” Tong announced that the one-and-half-year-old establishment would be “closed for awhile” but hoped to be “up and running […]

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Justin Theroux Really Wants You to Know his Chrystie Street Bar is the ‘Diviest’ New Dive

Posted July 23, 2019 at 5:06 am

Actor Justin Theroux and other nighlife impresarios opened Ray’s on Chrystie Street last week, taking the space previously occupied by Le Turtle. Best part about the arrival was receiving a thousand-word, ipso-facto media advisory explaining how the establishment is the “Lower East Side’s diviest new dive bar.” Here are some choice bytes: Ray’s joins New […]

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