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That Chen Wong Imposter was Removed from Seamless

Posted February 24, 2020 at 5:06 am

It took several days, but the Chen Wong imposter taking orders on Seamless is canceled. As previously reported, the shuttered Chinese restaurant surfaced on the app two months after its departure from Madison Street. And appeared alongside its old address. One reader spotted the strangeness, and ordered to see if it would go through. When […]

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With Mulberry Market Launch, a Supermarket Returns to Little Italy

Posted February 24, 2020 at 5:02 am

Three years and several false starts later, the Mulberry Market is finally ready to serve Little Italy. Better late than never. The neighborhood grocery was supposed to have opened numerous times over the last couple years, but was plagued with delays. In fact, the store signage was bolted to the facade of 251 Mulberry almost […]

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Levain Bakery to Open First Downtown Location on Lafayette Street Next Week

Posted February 21, 2020 at 5:12 am

In a first, Levain Bakery is headed downtown. News that we first reported in March 2019. Now, more than a year after breaking the news, the sweets shops confirms that next Wednesday (February 26) is the opening date at 340 Lafayette Street (at Bleecker Street). Teaser signage in the window had promised this debut as […]

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Hoy Wong Restaurant Fades After 42 Years on Mott Street

Posted February 21, 2020 at 5:06 am

A Chinatown stalwart is now retired. The Hoy Wong restaurant at 81 Mott Street closed down last weekend. A handwritten sign on the front door explains that the lease was up, and ownership elected to retire instead of renew. The eatery spent 42 years in the neighborhood and a popular pit-stop for locals and tourists. […]

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Scarr’s Pizza is Planning a Second Location at a Midtown Food Hall

Posted February 21, 2020 at 5:01 am

Out of nowhere, news that Scarr’s Pizza is expanding to include a second city location this spring. Eater had the scoop yesterday, citing the website of the architecture firm Le Whit, which lists the pizzeria as client. The new location is similarly small – 250 square-feet, but “reiterating the restaurant’s current branding” with its “retro […]

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An Apparent ‘Chen Wong’ Imposter is Taking Orders on Seamless

Posted February 18, 2020 at 5:01 am

Looks like an imposter might be in the mix. Concerned readers noticed that Chen Wong, the Chinese restaurant on Madison Street that folded at the end of the year, appears to be taking orders on Seamless. It still states the same address, boasts a robust menu that apparently includes items not on the original, and […]

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‘Bel Fries’ Nears Opening on Ludlow Street

Posted February 14, 2020 at 5:03 am

The plywood is deposed, revealing the second fast-fry joint for Hell Square. Indeed, it took eighteen months, and several different murals on its shed, but Bel Fries is pretty much ready to go at 132 Ludlow Street. When we first broke word of its arrival in September 2018, we had been told it was called […]

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‘Skin Contact’ Wine Bar Opens on Orchard Street Next Week

Posted February 12, 2020 at 5:10 am

Skin Contact will open this month, after all. Yet not without plenty of hurdles. Ownership emailed us after we published a piece chronicling their dismay over the delay in obtaining a liquor license at 76 Orchard Street. You’ll recall that this spot was last occupied five years ago by Ochado Ramen, and a short run […]

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Skin Contact Wine Bar to Open on Orchard Street when ‘SLA Gets Their Act Together’

Posted February 11, 2020 at 5:09 am

There is a new wine bar on the precipice of opening on Orchard Street. But you’ll need to wait a bit longer before making Skin Contact. The space at 76 Orchard – formerly the doomed Ochado Ramen restaurant and subsequently dormant for five years – transformed over the last several months into this new venue. […]

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‘Sally Can Wait’ (on Liquor License) for 245 Bowery

Posted February 11, 2020 at 5:05 am

So Sally can wait, she knows it’s too late as we’re walking on by … 245 Bowery. Sally Can Wait, an apparent nod to Oasis’ “Don’t Look Back in Anger,” is the latest establishment to make a run for 245 Bowery (corner of Stanton), last occupied by Cata. In fact, it is the fourth applicant […]

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