Food

New Essex Street Market Sets Opening Date at Essex Crossing

Posted April 24, 2019 at 4:30 am

Seventy-nine is a momentous age for the Essex Street Market. Now, more than five years in the making, the Lower East Side institution opened by Mayor LaGuardia in 1940 is finally ready to cross Delancey. The date for its opening at Essex Crossing has been set. Mark the calendar for May 18. The Market announced […]

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‘Bonsai Kakigori’ Dessert Shop Opens on Stanton Street this Week

Posted April 22, 2019 at 5:08 am

For Bonsai Kakigori, the three-month buildout period is hastily concluding. The Japanese dessert shop is planning to open its doors to Hell Square this weekend. Co-founded by Gaston Becherano and Theo Friedman, Bonsai Kakigori is a sweets spot centered around the history and culture of the namesake dessert (with roots that date back to the […]

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It’s Another Passover without Streit’s Matzo on the Lower East Side

Last modified April 20, 2019 at 10:54 am

Now four years removed, and with a glassy monstrosity in its place, it’s actually crazy reminiscing that a fully fledged matzo factory operated on Rivington Street for ninety years. Ninety years until 2015. That year was the final Passover on the Lower East Side for the family-owned Streit’s Matzo. The next summer – in July […]

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‘Last Light’ Enters Cashless Controversy with Bowery Rooftop Bar

Posted April 18, 2019 at 5:07 am

The Bowery now has its newest rooftop bar, courtesy of Sister City. Last Light debuted last night on the eleventh floor of the new Ace-related hotel at 225 Bowery. Its mantra seems to be “sky and spirits,” serving cocktails, organic wines, local craft beer, and food from ground-level restaurant, Floret. The newcomer accommodates 200 bar-goers […]

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Hell Square in ‘New Territories’ with Pitch for Spiked Ice Cream

Posted April 15, 2019 at 5:07 am

In Hell Square, even the ice cream needs liquor. More. More. More. New Territories, the two-year-old Orchard Street ice cream shop, now seeks a full liquor license. Presumably for some kind of alcoholic frozen treats. This is – forgive the pun – somewhat new territory. The State Liquor Authority issued a declaratory ruling in January […]

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‘Vida Buena’ Courts Cata Space on the Bowery

Posted April 12, 2019 at 5:00 am

Cata has been dead barely three months, and already a replacement is in the wings at 245 Bowery. Next up is a new hangout called Vida Buena, which is Spanish for “the good life.” Principals behind this new 23-table venture are Michael Parish and Gloria Pope, neither of whom have previously been licensed by the […]

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‘Last Light’ Rooftop Bar Flips the Switch at Sister City Next Week

Posted April 11, 2019 at 5:00 am

The Bowery gets another rooftop bar next week, just in time for the spring warmup. The Ace Hotel unveiled its Sister City sub-label lodge at the end of February. While chef Joe Ogrodnek’s Floret has been holding down the ground floor restaurant scene, not much was known about the rooftop venture. Until now. The sky-high […]

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‘Prince Tea House’ Heads to Bowery Lighting District

Posted April 5, 2019 at 5:07 am

The Bowery Lighting District will soon welcome a tea room. Prince Tea House – the local mini chain based in Flushing – is angling to take over 134 Bowery. This particular store was previously the showroom for New York Lighting until its demise last year. In recent months, though, it was a pop-up art gallery. […]

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Cafe Petisco Closes After Basement Wall Collapses

Posted April 5, 2019 at 5:00 am

Popular neighborhood haunt, Cafe Petisco on East Broadway, is down for the count. Closed until further notice. The business announced this week that a basement wall in the building was compromised due to nearby construction on Jefferson Street. The collapse hindered “our ability to keep the restaurant operating.” Apparently, said construction is potentially related to […]

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Decades on, the Allen Street Domino’s Falls

Posted April 4, 2019 at 5:00 am

Domino’s Pizza held down the southwest corner of Allen and East Houston Streets for more than two decades, occupying a sprawling retail space adjacent to the subway station. Contrary to what you might think, this Domino’s (205 Allen) was almost always buzzing. Until this month. It’s gone dark. Storefront branding is now obscured, and multiple […]

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