Food

Mayor de Blasio Visits Chinatown, Eats at Wo Hop in Publicity Stunt

Posted August 12, 2020 at 5:06 am

Mayor de Blasio visited Chinatown yesterday to push the message that “New York City is open for business (and delicious).” His publicity stunt included an entourage of six commissioners from various administration posts (Human rights, International Affairs, Consumer Affairs, Immigration, Media, Small business). The tour began with greetings at the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, then […]

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State Suspends Las’ Lap for Coronavirus-Related Violations

Posted August 12, 2020 at 5:00 am

Another week, another few dozen city bars cited for coronavirus-related violations. Governor Cuomo yesterday announced that the recently anointed multi-agency task force suspended liquor licenses of 38 establishments around the Five Boroughs. One of which is here on the Lower East Side. The two-year-old Las Lap’ at 74 Orchard Street. In recent weeks, the bar, […]

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In Little Italy, the 129-Year-Old Caffe Roma Reopens

Last modified August 11, 2020 at 1:40 pm

Little Italy institution, Caffe Roma (127 Mulberry Street) is the latest restaurant that’s taking it to the streets. Shuttered since the pandemic hit in March, the 129-year-old establishment reopened on August 8, joining the lively outdoor dining scene that stretches down Mulberry from Broome to Canal Streets. The understated seating with oversized umbrellas can’t hold […]

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Coronavirus Fells Fat Radish on Orchard Street

Last modified August 10, 2020 at 9:09 am

The Fat Radish is done for. Another victim of the pandemic. Eater broke the news Friday evening, reporting that the decision from ownership came as a result of the COVID-19 shutdown. The owners – Phil Winser and Natalie Freihon – confirmed that the Orchard Street restaurant doesn’t have enough space to accommodate outdoor dining. And […]

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Catholic Charities Hosting Pop-up Pantry in Alphabet City Today

Posted August 7, 2020 at 5:08 am

This morning, Catholic Charities of New York, along with Tuscan Farms, is hosting another pop up food pantry – this time in Alphabet City. They plan on distributing 500 bags of food and 500 gallons of whole milk to support those struggling in the neighborhood. This is a part of their larger mission to assist […]

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Fridays Under $40: Three Meals in Chinatown

Posted August 7, 2020 at 5:05 am

On Monday, when The New York Times reported on Chinatown’s outdoor dining scene, it was the first time I was happy to be scooped. The more we talk about Chinatown, the better. I live on Mulberry, just north of Canal and I’ve noticed it’s been slow to reopen compared to neighboring Little Italy and Noho […]

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Suffering the (Non-Masked) Night Crowds at Orchard and Broome [Updated]

Last modified August 7, 2020 at 5:57 pm

Hell Square hath multiplied. Come weekends, the block of Orchard and Broome is now its own crowded nightmare. This trend is years in the making, but reached critical mass this summer with the outdoor dining phenomenon as a result of coronavirus. Neighbors on the block are worried about these gatherings. Not so much the table […]

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Beloved Noodle House 88 Lan Zhou Closes August 15

Posted August 6, 2020 at 5:00 am

You have one week to enjoy the fruits of 88 Lan Zhou. The beloved Chinatown noodle house is set to close for good next week (August 15). Ownership blamed the coronavirus pandemic for rattling their hand-pulled noodle business. Yet, this isn’t the first brush with closure for 88 Lan Zhou, which debuted back in 2007. […]

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Minnie’s on Clinton Street is Latest Coronavirus Casualty on LES

Posted August 5, 2020 at 5:03 am

Minnie’s is no more. The corner bar-restaurant on Clinton Street had shuttered with the rest of the city at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic in March. That’s all it took; its doors did not reopen. A reader spotted the tombstone leasing signage hanging in the front window of 29 Clinton, signaling the conclusion of […]

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Topless Lap Dancing Leads to ‘Shinsen’ Bust on the Bowery

Posted August 5, 2020 at 5:00 am

A Japanese restaurant on the Bowery was caught offering topless lap dances and indoor drinking, in defiance of social distance protocols, officials said this week. According to Governor Cuomo’s latest report of top violators of coronavirus-related regulations, the nascent multi-agency task force caught Shinsen red-handed. Investigators observed at least 35 individuals, the majority not wearing […]

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