Rivington Street’s ‘Bar Alaska’ Takes Over Where Stay Classy Failed

Last modified March 16, 2018 at 12:53 pm

There is a slice of the Klondike on eastern Rivington Street. A new sub-grade cocktail den dubbed Bar Alasaka just made its winter splash last week. Bar Alaska is a self-described “laid back, yet elegant American cocktail bar—but with a Russian accent,” and features a “selection of elite Russian vodkas and vodka-based cocktails,” according to […]

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Pickle Guys will Start Grinding Super Hot Passover Horseradish this Weekend

Posted March 16, 2018 at 5:03 am

Passover falls quite early this year – at the end of March – so the Pickle Guys are getting a head start on serving up their special sauce. Homemade super-hot horseradish ground onsite. Horseradish sales begin on Sunday (March 18) and will likely draw crowds. Expect the gas-masked grinder, as always, and a horde of […]

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There’s a New Kosher Dairy Restaurant at the Sago Hotel on Orchard Street

Posted March 15, 2018 at 5:02 am

With the arrival of a new kosher restaurant on the block, Orchard Street is returning to its roots. Noga, as it’s called, debuted at the end of January on the ground level of the Sago Hotel, filling a vacancy left last year by The John Lamb. Noga is a kosher dairy restaurant from the same […]

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After 50 Years, New Beer Distributors Done in by Rent Hike

Posted March 14, 2018 at 5:03 am

New Beer Distributors, the always-reliable booze shop on Chrystie Street, has but one day left on this mortal coil. As first reported here in January, the beverage barn, so to speak, is kicked to the curb. Put to pasture after fifty years in business, thanks to a combination of rent hikes, taxes, and overall increase […]

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‘Yummy Kitchen’ on Hester Street Fades After More than 2 Decades

Posted March 13, 2018 at 5:00 am

The pace of area closures is brutal of late. Many longtimers are fading from the streetscape. The latest to bite the dust is Cheung Wong Kitchen (aka 38 Yummy Kitchen) at the corner of Allen and Hester Streets. Signage was removed from the storefront weeks ago, but the closure is confirmed by the leasing banner […]

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‘GrandLo Cafe’ Debuts at Essex Crossing Today

Posted March 12, 2018 at 5:08 am

GrandLo Cafe – the new “nosh-for-profit” coffee shop to land on the Lower East Side – is ready to roll at Essex Crossing. It had been in previews for weeks. The Grand Street Settlement is in charge of the 2,500 square-foot social enterprise, providing “sustainably sourced coffee” and job training to area 16- to 24-year-olds. Soft open is today […]

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Outspoken Residents Battle Delancey Holiday Inn Over its Latest Nightlife Proposal

Posted March 12, 2018 at 5:04 am

Barely a year after controversial hotel operator Hank Freid deserted his rooftop nightspot at the Delancey Street Holiday Inn, another major proposal is now up for consideration. And, as before, neighbors within earshot are rising against. The Holiday Inn principals appear to have altogether abandoned a hangout for the rooftop in favor of a new […]

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Spitzer’s Corner Reopened this Weekend as ‘Grunhaus’ on Rivington Street

Last modified March 12, 2018 at 8:43 am

Spitzer’s Corner closed in late-January and went under the knife a a few weeks later. The establishment went through a speedy conversion to a new nightlife concept that’s basically more of the same. Meet Grunhaus, the successor, which officially opened over the weekend. Fresh neon signage has been in play since last week. They serve […]

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Gas Hookup Issues Sideline Essex Street Newcomer ‘Ninja Grill’

Posted March 9, 2018 at 5:09 am

Another day, another gas-related restaurant closure on the Lower East Side. This time around it’s the three-month-old Ninja Grill on Essex Street. The so-called Hibachi Express fast food joint closed down last week due its gas hookup. Signs adorning the storefront don’t provide much explanation, but Department of Buildings records point out the truth. City […]

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Nom Wah Tu Suddenly Shutters After Less than 6 Months on Orchard Street

Posted March 9, 2018 at 5:06 am

Nom Wah Tu, the smaller Orchard Street outpost of the original, shut down suddenly last Saturday. Restaurant co-owner Wilson Tang confirmed the closure in an email, but provided no further comment. The business was one week shy of its six-month anniversary. As previously reported, Tang and his partner Jonathan Wu pulled the plug on Fung […]

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