Food

With COLORS Faded, the ‘Bun Hut’ Takes 178 Stanton Street

Posted May 28, 2020 at 5:00 am

Where COLORS faded, a new concept for 178 Stanton Street. That’s right, gone not three months, and the ground floor space is again occupied. This time by a fast-casual newcomer called the Bun Hut. It’s an Asian fusion joint that combines Chinese Bao with culinary elements from the Caribbean. Signage is already in place and […]

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Two Lower East Side Businesses Join ‘American Dream’ Food Court in the Meadowlands

Posted May 27, 2020 at 5:10 am

A host of New York City businesses are headed to the gargantuan American Dream complex in north Jersey. Two of which hail from the Lower East Side, we’ve just learned. Empanada Mama, with locations on Allen Street and Hell’s Kitchen, recently signed a lease to join the party. Apparently the deal was forged during the […]

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Scarr’s Pizza Reopens Today for Pickup and Delivery

Posted May 22, 2020 at 5:00 am

On the sidelines for two months, Scarr’s Pizza reopens on the Lower East Side today. The popular Orchard Street pizzeria had shuttered in mid-March, just as the COVID-19 pandemic seized control of the city. Customers can order only for pickup or delivery (via Caviar); no slices. Still no word on how this extended closure ultimately […]

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Grey Lady Starts a Seafood ‘Shack’ on Delancey Street

Posted May 19, 2020 at 5:07 am

Grey Lady on Delancey Street is a fraction of its former self, now slinging seafood as if on a beach. In the time of COVID-19, it’s a seafood shack. Indeed, ownership affixed weathered wood signage to the entrance advertising the menu of takeaway items. For instance, fish tacos ($13), lobster rolls ($18), chowder ($5), and […]

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Why Now is the Perfect Time to Visit Little Italy

Posted May 19, 2020 at 5:00 am

In the P.P. (pre-pandemic) era, Little Italy was bustling with a constant stream of tourists, drunk birthday party revelers, and a smattering of hosts belting out Frank Sinatra tunes. Perhaps this is why the last two months have felt particularly dead on the iconic stretch of Mulberry Street. Home to several independently owned, multi-generational restaurants […]

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Gem Spa Loses its Iconic Signage

Posted May 18, 2020 at 5:00 am

The finality of losing Gem Spa officially took hold over the weekend. The iconic signage and awning were deposed from the southwest corner of Second Avenue and St. Mark’s Place, and the contents of the store liquidated. It now looks like any other retail vacancy on the Lower East Side. Gem Spa, which dates back […]

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Signs of Life Emerge in Chinatown as Mom-and-Pop Spots Reopen for Takeout [GUEST]

Posted May 15, 2020 at 5:04 am

The following guest post was penned by Sara Graham. In March, many of Chinatown’s affordable family-owned eateries shuttered temporarily. Not all New York City gems can be found on Seamless or Caviar, so it’s been hard to know how to support these businesses in the interim. With the advent of warmer weather and no definitive […]

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On the Lower East Side, it’s a ‘Nice Day’ with Coffee Delivery by Motorcycle

Last modified May 14, 2020 at 2:34 pm

With the coffee shop scene decimated by coronavirus stay-at-home orders, one beans business has literally taken to the streets. Delivery by motorcycle. Just before the shutdown, Fabrizio Verga, owner of five-year-old Yours Truly on Spring Street (just off the Bowery), teamed with Hotel Chantelle doorman Aleksey Kernes to distribute the new coffee brand. Dubbed Have a […]

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Report: Omar’s on Broome Street Held Invite-Only Party in Violation of Coronavirus Lockdown

Posted May 13, 2020 at 5:08 am

One Lower East Side newcomer apparently thinks it’s above the law. Omar’s La Boîte – the three-month-old Broome Street club operated by nightlife maven and celebrity mingler Omar Hernandez – allegedly opened on a recent Friday night (May 1) for an exclusive, invite-only party, the New York Post reports. In apparent violation of coronavirus lockdown […]

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Boozing on the Sidewalks of Hell Square with No Social Distancing

Posted May 13, 2020 at 5:00 am

It’s now a common sight. Drinking in groups on the streets – in daylight – is apparently the trend in Hell Square. So much for social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ludlow Street, near Stanton, in particular. A concerned neighbor on the block notes that businesses such as No Fun and El Sombrero are serving […]

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