Food

Local Small Businesses Fundraising Meals for First Responders in COVID-19 Crisis

Posted April 7, 2020 at 5:06 am

Lower East Side businesses are pooling resources to send meals to first responders during the COVID-19 crisis. For the next month, several small businesses tapped by the Lower East Side Partnership are sending meals to first responders (NYPD, FDNY, EMS) And the business improvement district is raising money to fund it. So far, Williamsburg Pizza, […]

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Pickle Guys to Close Next Week, Hope to Reopen in May

Posted April 3, 2020 at 5:10 am

Some sour news indeed for Lower East Siders: The Pickle Guys are going on hiatus. Indefinitely. The brine stalwarts of Grand Street announced the closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which also coincides with the Jewish holiday of Passover. The pickle peeps hope to return at the beginning of May. The store will remain open […]

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GrandLo Cafe at Essex Crossing Shuts Down for Good

Posted March 31, 2020 at 5:09 am

GrandLo Cafe won’t survive Covid-19. The two-year-old operation announced it’s permanently shuttering. The Grand Street Settlement’s social enterprise program at 178 Broome might be down, but they’re not entirely out. GrandLo has committed to completing their training program remotely, to keep trainees on their career pathway. There are also plans in the works to reoccupy the […]

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Sauce Restaurant Donates More than 2,000 Pizzas to Hospitals

Posted March 30, 2020 at 5:07 am

Popular local Italian joint, Sauce Restaurant, is donating hundreds of pizza pies to hospitals around New York City. It all started when a nurse from an unidentified hospital called to order a pizza. She reportedly expressed that staff was working long shifts caring for COVID-19 intake, and not eating enough. And that most restaurants were […]

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Lower East Side Hotels Close During COVID-19 Shutdown

Posted March 25, 2020 at 5:00 am

At least three of the trendiest hotels dotting the Lower East Side are now closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The glitzy PUBLIC Hotel on Chrystie Street is the latest venue to announce its temporary pause. “It is with a heavy heart that I have finally decided to temporarily close PUBLIC on Monday, March 23rd,” […]

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Scarr’s Pizza and Speedy Romeo Temporarily Shutter Amidst COVID-19 Shutdown

Posted March 24, 2020 at 5:00 am

Two popular Lower East Side pizzerias are shutting down for the time being, while the city continues to reel from the COVID-19 outbreak. Scarr’s Pizza announced last Friday that the Orchard Street pizza parlor is down for the duration. Speedy Romeo delivered the news on Sunday, also via Instagram, that the Clinton Street restaurant was […]

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Economy Candy Relying on Candy Pack Deliveries to Stay Afloat During COVID-19 Shutdown

Last modified March 23, 2020 at 7:43 am

The candy man can because he mixes it with love and makes the world taste good … even during a pandemic. Like other steadfast shops on the Lower East Side, Economy Candy is rearranging their business model slightly during these trying times, in hopes of staying afloat and minimizing impact on employees in whatever way […]

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Essex Market is Still Open for Business

Posted March 20, 2020 at 5:03 am

Not even Essex Crossing is immune to the impact of COVID-19 spreading like wildfire throughout the city. Its marquee tenants are in various stages of flux. The Essex Market is open for the time being, albeit with limited hours of 8am to 8pm. Grocery vendors are open (at each vendor’s discretion), but prepared food vendors are […]

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Local Favorite Forgtmenot Transforms into Grocery During COVID-19 Shutdown

Last modified March 20, 2020 at 12:15 pm

With COVID-19 significantly interrupting the restaurant and nightlife game, some owners are resorting to drastic measures to stay on top. Forgtmenot, the popular locals hang on Division Street, is temporarily morphing into a grocery store. The “General Store.” Ownership constructed wood shelving and attached to the facade, and also cleared out the interior. We’re told […]

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Grey Lady is Handing out Free Quarts of Soup Today

Last modified March 19, 2020 at 8:59 am

Lower East Side seafood stalwart, Grey Lady, is handing out free soup to the community today. Their chef, Tadd Johnson, spent all week cooking a whopping 30 gallons of various soups. Apparently there are two walk-in refrigerators brimming with “proteins and produce” from both Grey Lady and sister establishment Canary Club. Options include broccoli-cheddar, potato […]

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