Food

Bars and Restaurants can Sell Booze to-go During COVID-19 Shutdown

Posted March 17, 2020 at 5:09 am

Cocktails to-go are now legal in the city, albeit temporarily. Governor Cuomo announced yesterday that, as part of restrictions placed on nightlife to prevent the spread of COVID-19, licensed establishments are allowed to sell booze to go. He noted that this lifeline is not a permanent change, and is only in effect for the duration […]

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Seamless is Dropping its Commission Fees During the COVID-19 Crisis

Posted March 17, 2020 at 5:06 am

While COVID-19 accelerates across the country at an unsettling pace, some businesses are doing all that they can to ease the burden of operating … especially with all of the new restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the virus. The food industry is taking quite a lashing this week with the announcement that restaurants […]

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This Chinatown Restaurant has been Disinfecting Tables After Each Customer

Posted March 16, 2020 at 5:08 am

Extraordinary times calls for extraordinary measures. As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads fear and anxiety throughout the city, businesses large and small are beginning to feel the pinch of lost revenues as diners opt to eat in to avoid public places. For Chinatown businesses, which collectively suffered revenue drops of up to 70% in recent days, some […]

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Game on: Sour Mouse Social Club Ready for Delancey Street

Posted March 13, 2020 at 5:03 am

A new basement bar and game room is one month from opening on the Lower East Side. Dubbed Sour Mouse, the basement venue occupies space beneath the former Rainbow retailer at 110 Delancey Street. (The discount store closed in January.)  It’s been in the works for nearly a year, and is run by the proprietor […]

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Chinatown Restaurants Struggling in the Time of COVID-19

Last modified March 13, 2020 at 6:23 am

Chinatown businesses have taken a direct hit as a result of fear and xenophobia due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, even though there are no confirmed cases in the community. Four large-scale restaurants have announced temporary closings in order to survive the pandemic, which has scared away tourists and locals from Chinatown and large gathering […]

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Clancey Expands on Clinton Street with New Biggie’s Cafe

Posted March 12, 2020 at 5:04 am

The team behind three-year-old Clancey on Clinton Street is readying a new cafe just a few paces north. Dubbed Biggie’s Cafe, the establishment takes over 79 Clinton Street. Expect another casual eatery similar to its failed predecessors. Our request for comment on menu and opening date was not immediately returned. Recall that this cornershop formerly […]

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Time Looks Short for ‘il Mattone’ Pizzeria on East Houston

Posted March 12, 2020 at 5:00 am

Less than a year after opening on the Lower East Side, it appears time is short for il Mattone. This third Manhattan outpost for the pizzeria – behind the West Village and Tribeca – opened at 147 East Houston in May 2019. It renovated and took over the space formerly occupied by Lucky’s Burger. But […]

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Report: Los Feliz Denied Patron with Valid Puerto Rico ID

Posted March 4, 2020 at 5:05 am

An NYU senior was denied entry into Hell Square haunt, Los Feliz, last weekend because her Puerto Rican ID wasn’t deemed valid at the door. Rebecca Gelpí, who is over 21 and studying journalism, was out with a group of friends, but her legal identification wasn’t enough for the bouncer. According to a dispatch in […]

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Brooklyn’s ‘Velvette Brew’ Opening Coffee Shop on Stanton Street

Posted March 4, 2020 at 5:03 am

After what seemed an eternity, there is finally a new retail tenant at 85 Stanton Street. Like one of its predecessors, coffee is returning. You’ll recall that the A. Turen boutique moved from 85 Stanton Street in January 2018, and settled around the corner. Its sidecar space had been occupied by RISE Coffee and likewise […]

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Roni-Sue’s Chocolates Focuses on Essex Market Stall as MTA Construction Sidelines Forsyth Street Store

Last modified March 6, 2020 at 10:38 am

Lower East Side chocolatier, Roni-Sue’s Chocolates, no longer has a public-facing brick-and-mortar presence. Its store at 148 Forsyth Street recently shuttered after nearly seven years on the block. Signage affixed to the drawn grate steers customers to the new Essex Street Market, where the business maintains a stall. Owner Rhonda Kave tells us that MTA […]

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