Food

Fearing COVID-19 Resurgence, De Blasio Halts Indoor Dining Indefinitely

Posted July 2, 2020 at 5:07 am

Not so fast. Phase 3 of the reopening plan is slated to launch on Monday. However, it arrives without the resumption of indoor dining at bars and restaurants, as initially conceived. Mayor de Blasio announced the news at his morning presser yesterday, citing the nationwide surges of COVID-19 cases and the elevated dangers of indoor […]

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Cocoa Bar Closes its Clinton Street Cafe

Posted July 1, 2020 at 5:00 am

Cocoa Bar closed its doors for the last time during the coronavirus shutdown. The Lower East Side offshoot of the Brooklyn original is now another statistic for businesses lost during the pandemic. The casual cafe and wine bar – heavy on the chocolate – spent thirteen years serving from its perch at 21 Clinton Street. Tombstone […]

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Gaia Italian Cafe Loses its Lease After a Decade on East Houston

Posted June 30, 2020 at 5:00 am

One of the most popular, albeit low key, restaurants on the Lower East Side is set to close next month. Gaia Italian Cafe, which has kept the neighborhood in cozy home-cooked, will close at the end of July. The forthcoming closure caps a nine-and-a-half-year run on East Houston Street. We’re told that the landlord decided […]

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Pandemic Block Party Thrown by ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ Angers Orchard Street Neighbors

Last modified June 30, 2020 at 2:09 pm

Now a week into Phase 2 reopening, and on the precipice of Phase 3, it would appear much of the local populace is back to normal habit. Just look to this past weekend on Orchard Street just north of Canal, where block parties reigned uninterrupted. Boys Don’t Cry pulled together a Friday evening soirée, with […]

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‘Secret Garden’ Looks to Clinton Street for Cafe

Last modified July 1, 2020 at 11:39 am

The following article has been revised to reflect that La Flaca is in no way associated with the forthcoming Secret Garden venture at 84 Clinton Street. We regret the error and any confusion as a result. Prolific Lower East Side business owner Bill Fraser – the man behind Flowers on Essex and Flowers Cafe – is […]

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NYC Nightlife Lobby Seeks Overthrow of Cuomo Phase 2 Executive Order

Posted June 22, 2020 at 5:02 am

Governor Cuomo last week signed an executive order that updates operating guidelines for food and beverage establishments as the city claws back to life today with Phase 2. But the nightlife industry is already pushing back. The statewide mandate essentially makes liquor licensed establishments responsible for ensuring compliance with open container, social distancing, and face […]

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Catholic Charities Hosting Food Distribution Pop-up on the Lower East Side Today

Posted June 19, 2020 at 5:04 am

The city is gradually reopening, yet plenty of folks remain in dire need of assistance. Especially relating to groceries Coming to the rescue is Catholic Charities of New York, which is hosting a pop-up food distribution table on the Lower East Side today. The nonprofit organization plans to hand out 500 boxes of food to […]

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Economy Candy Hits the Sidewalk with ‘Mystery Bags’ for Summerlong To-Go Shop

Posted June 19, 2020 at 5:02 am

Three months into the pandemic, Economy Candy remains a sweet spot on Rivington Street. Third generation co-owners Skye Greenfield Cohen and Mitchell Cohen are still operating as a two-person skeleton crew, walking two miles each way everyday, to fulfill online orders for anyone in need of a sugar fix. As previously reported, Economy Candy rearranged […]

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How Might Phase 2 Outdoor Dining Affect the Oversaturated LES?

Posted June 19, 2020 at 5:00 am

The so-called Phase 2 of the reopening begins on Monday, and with it, the return of restaurant dining. Albeit modified. The “Open Restaurants” plan put forth by the city last week envisions outdoor seating to dot the streets and sidewalks through October. Also starting next month, restaurants can place seating on roads already closed to […]

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LES Partnership Again Encroaches on CB3 Liquor Committee

Posted June 17, 2020 at 5:07 am

For the second time in as many years, the question is posed, though the conditions on the ground are vastly different. Should local business improvement districts possess administrative input in the liquor license process? The Lower East Side Partnership briefly appeared on the Community Board 3 docket this month regarding a proposal to assist in “OP […]

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