Food

Botanica Bar Looks to Annex Adjacent Vacant Lot

Posted May 4, 2021 at 5:00 am

The long-fallow lot wedged between Milano’s Bar and Botanica might soon reactivate. Indeed, the latter watering hole seeks to annex the space for outdoor dining and drinking. Application materials submitted to Community Board 2 reveal that owner Mark Connell is planning to use the vacant square-footage to accommodate seating for about 44 patrons. The goal […]

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Former Kush Owners Plan ‘Tenement’ for Ludlow Street

Posted May 3, 2021 at 5:00 am

The Kush man cometh. Or, rather, returneth. Mark Osborne, the bar owner who brought the Moroccan-themed Kush to Orchard Street, is back in the old Hell Square stomping grounds. He and his past partners – also from Orchard – are gunning to open a concept called Tenement on Ludlow Street. In the old No Fun […]

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Jing Fong to Downsize with 125-Seat Chinatown Eatery

Posted April 30, 2021 at 5:02 am

Jing Fong will rebound in Chinatown later this spring, albeit on a much smaller scale. The downsized comeback – first reported by the New York Post this week – is described as a 125-seat restaurant at an undisclosed address in the neighborhood. Of course, this is a fraction of the footprint of its Elizabeth Street […]

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The Cock Heads to Fat Baby

Posted April 29, 2021 at 5:00 am

The Cock is headed down. The self-proclaimed “rock and roll fag bar” may soon move to Hell Square. To an address notorious among locals for being a boisterous pain in the ass. Application materials on file with Community Board 3 reveal that the nightclub marked 112 Rivington Street – the former abode of Fat Baby […]

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Masalawala Leaves Essex Street After Decade-Long Run

Posted April 27, 2021 at 5:04 am

When real estate listings first surfaced last month, it was the first real indication that Masalawala probably wouldn’t last much longer on Essex Street. And sure enough, the ten-year Lower East Side veteran is now kaput. Eater reported the scoop yesterday, noting that the lease on 179 Essex expires this month, and the owners decided […]

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No Masks, Bro: Terrace Party at Essex Crossing Draws Ire

Posted April 26, 2021 at 5:05 am

The mild Saturday weather brought out some pre-pandemic social activities at Essex Crossing. Including a terrace gathering at the Rollins building, with nary a face mask in sight. Community leader Daisy Paez, who herself publicly struggled with the novel coronavirus last year, shared video of the gathering on Twitter. Partygoers are seen drinking, embracing, and […]

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This Mott Street Bakery has Distributed More than 70K Free Meals in Chinatown

Posted April 26, 2021 at 5:00 am

What began as a one-off to help Chinatown seniors and homeless at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic has become a major charity operation. Patrick Mock, who manages the bakery at 46 Mott Street, started handing out meals in April 2020, just as price gouging and produce scarcity took hold. The volunteer effort to distribute […]

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Tre on Ludlow Street Returns Next Month with New Chef

Posted April 21, 2021 at 5:01 am

The following guest post was written by Bowery Boogie reader Colton Moore. Tre, the locals Italian restaurant on Ludlow Street, is set to reopen on Saturday, May 1. It’s the first time back open since the pandemic-related sidelining in December. Returning diners will be surprised (and treated) to a new menu; rather than offering full […]

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Opposition Mounts Against Public Hotel Garden Revamp on Chrystie Street

Posted April 19, 2021 at 5:04 am

The 28-story Public Hotel hopes to reconfigure its garden area along Chrystie Street. Neighbors are not having it. Posters in the immediate vicinity display the opposition to the liquor license modification. Claiming that the new garden format would be an “open air eating and drinking playground for the rich.” According to materials submitted to the […]

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Friedman’s to Open Grand Street Eatery Later this Month

Posted April 14, 2021 at 5:01 am

Another dining option is one small step from opening in Seward Park. Word on the street is that Friedman’s, the comfort food, is to open its newest location sometime within the next month. Still no word on an exact launch, though. Meanwhile, the restaurant installed its canopy signage at 357 Grand this week. In addition, […]

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