Food

Rent Hike Forces Häagen-Dazs Out of Chinatown After 41 Years

Posted September 20, 2018 at 5:00 am

The longstanding Häagen-Dazs ice creamery in Chinatown will soon close its doors at the corner of Bayard and Mott Streets. The store has been at 53 Mott Street since 1977. A purported rent hike is the culprit, ending the decades-long tenure. The $10,000-per-month lease is up November 30, which doubles as the final day in […]

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‘Sel Rrose’ on the Bowery Expands with Montauk Acquisition

Posted September 19, 2018 at 5:04 am

More than five years into operations, the seafood-heavy Sel Rrose is headed out east. Like so many other Manhattan brands, the Delancey Street bar-restaurant is opening a new location in Montauk. Owner Kristin Vincent, the same prolific proprietor behind nearby Home Sweet Home and basement club Fig 19, purchased the building that formerly housed the […]

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International Center of Photography at Essex Crossing Takes Shape, Seeks Liquor License

Posted September 19, 2018 at 5:00 am

Its brief stint on the Bowery is limited. Come next year, the International Center of Photography will consolidate operations at Essex Crossing. The new headquarters has gradually taken shape over the last several months, and the boxy building finally resembles the initial rendering. Installation of exterior “aluminum screen” paneling recently completed, and most of the […]

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Another Malaysian Cafe Replaces the Old ‘Kopitiam’ HQ on Canal Street

Posted September 17, 2018 at 5:06 am

The Perfect Taste is now on Canal Street. Literally. A new Malaysian cafe by that name opened yesterday in the original home of Kopitiam. The tiny shop takes over after the latter moved from 51 Canal to East Broadway several months ago (thanks to a rent hike). As the awning suggests, Perfect Taste features “healthy […]

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With El Luchador Gone, it’s More Fries for Ludlow Street

Posted September 14, 2018 at 5:00 am

Over at 132 Ludlow Street, it’s one fast-food concept to another. With the two-year-old El Luchador outpost dead and gone, a new Belgian fries joint is about to get cookin. A tipster happened upon the store earlier this week, and gleaned that something called Belles Frites (name might be best guess) is poised to open here. […]

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‘Joey Bats Cafe’ Brings Portuguese Sweets to Allen Street

Posted September 13, 2018 at 5:06 am

Where Peruvian food failed, Portuguese treats now reign. Over at the former Baby Brasa on Allen Street, a tiny new cafe called Joey Bats Cafe. The brainchild of Joey Batista – raised in a Portuguese family in Ludlow, Massachusetts – the dessert endeavor is a veteran of area street fairs and food events (Queens Night […]

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Inside the Long Island Mamoun’s Falafel Franchise

Posted September 13, 2018 at 5:02 am

Mamoun’s Falafel is now a chain, amidst an expansion that will see a proliferation of franchises in the next several years. The MacDougal Street classic, founded in 1971 and still a haven for cheap lunch, has already opened franchise locations across the tristate area (and Texas!). The newest fast-casual falafel joint joining the party is […]

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The New Essex Market at Essex Crossing Pushed Back to November

Posted September 12, 2018 at 5:02 am

The new Essex Street Market is no longer opening this month as previously announced. Along the way, the timeline subtly changed to a nebulous “fall 2018.” Instead, a November launch is now on the books. The Economic Development Corp. – owner of the 78-year-old market – couldn’t be pinned down for an actual date, but […]

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Cocktail Lounge Eyes Former ‘Suffolk Arms’ on East Houston

Last modified September 12, 2018 at 12:46 pm

Dead and buried for five months, the former home of Suffolk Arms is again under consideration. An as-yet-named restaurant-slash-cocktail bar is on the Community Board 3 docket this month for full liquor license approval. According to paperwork filed, the potential proprietors of the new establishment – Antonio Martinez, Awilda Martinez, and Rachel Bocatto (269 Bar […]

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Jarmulowsky Bank Hotel Lays out Plans for its Nightlife

Posted September 11, 2018 at 5:05 am

More than five years into remodeling, the new Jarmulowsky Bank Hotel is entering the phase of community outreach for the requisite onsite liquor licenses at 9 Orchard Street. To that end, developer DLJ Partners engaged with neighbors at a meeting of the SPaCE Block Association last week. In short, DLJ Partners is seemingly on a […]

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