Food

LES Native Opens ‘Meat and Bread’ on Allen Street

Posted January 5, 2021 at 5:02 am

Some storefront turnover to report, as a former ramen joint on Allen Street is now slinging meat and bread. Yokoya Ramen spent three years at 201 Allen Street, but recently closed shop. It’s since been replaced by something called Meat and Bread. The newcomer is a burgers and sandwiches, and chicken wings joint, and opened […]

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Parkside Lounge Proposes Roof Deck to Survive Pandemic

Posted January 5, 2021 at 5:00 am

Parkside is headed upstairs. Indeed, the Parkside Lounge hopes to build a roof deck atop its one-story building that would hold sixteen additional tables. Co-owner Christopher Lee explains that shifting the crowd upstairs would both help business stay afloat and maintain control over patrons. “It’s been a very interesting year trying to deal with the […]

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Sammy’s Roumanian Confirms Closure, but Teases Possible Return

Last modified January 4, 2021 at 10:39 pm

Kvetch away. What began in the rumor mill this past week was confirmed as truth – Sammy’s Roumanian Steakhouse is permanently closed. However, ownership of the forty-seven-year-old restaurant is leaving the door open for a possible comeback. Responding after days of silence, the schmaltzy kosher-style restaurant took to Instagram to post its farewell. “It is […]

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Mutiny in CB3 as Longtime SLA Chair Sacked in Favor of ‘New Direction’

Last modified January 4, 2021 at 12:08 pm

Dysfunction and chaos defined the holiday at Community Board 3, where sudden leadership changes were implemented. Specifically, Board Chair Alysha Coleman sacked longtime SLA Subcommittee Chair Alexandra Militano, the Friday before Christmas, and installed Michelle Kuppersmith as replacement. Reason provided was to “facilitate the committee moving in ‘another direction.’” Five fellow members of the committee […]

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Bleecker Street Bar Plots Comeback with Upscale Broadway Reboot

Posted January 4, 2021 at 5:00 am

Four months after Bleecker Street Bar closed down for good, an unexpected twist. Ownership now plans an upscale comeback just a couple blocks away. The thirty-year-old NoHo dive was forced from its namesake street at the end of August due to pandemic-related restrictions and an apparent impasse over rent. But Bleecker Street Bar found a […]

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Rumor: Sammy’s Roumanian Closes Chrystie Street Dining Room

Last modified January 2, 2021 at 7:32 pm

It certainly isn’t a happy new year here on the Lower East Side if rumors prove true that Sammy’s Roumanian is closed for good. The Chrystie Street restaurant closed back in mid-March with the rest of the city during the initial pandemic lockdown. And now it appears they didn’t survive. Photographers James and Karla Murray […]

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Two Bit’s Retro Arcade on Pandemic Pause, Promises Return

Posted December 30, 2020 at 5:16 am

Two-Bit’s Retro Arcade is now on pause until further notice. It was an eight-year run for the game room, which officially announced as much just before Christmas. Readers spotted trucks carting away the arcade cabinets from 153 Essex last week. The bar hadn’t been open since the onset of the pandemic last spring. Yet, signs […]

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Massive ‘Ainslie’ Offshoot Planned for Tao’s old Bowery Spot

Posted December 30, 2020 at 5:02 am

Ainslie is headed across the East River to the Bowery. The expansive Italian restaurant, which opened in Williamsburg last year, has eyes for the Vandal. 199 Bowery, that is. (The latter nightclub shuttered over the summer, succumbing to the pandemic.) Ainslie is owned by Sergio Riva, Mario Riva, and AJ Bontempo, who together seek a […]

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Cuban Restaurant ‘Mi Salsa Kitchen’ Opening in Mezetto Space

Posted December 28, 2020 at 5:04 am

Mezetto closed last March during the pandemic lockdown, never to recover. Now, another suitor is rolling the proverbial dice at 161 East Houston Street. The Community Board 3 notice for liquor license application is posted to the front door of the corner establishment (at Allen Street). Mi Salsa Kitchen is the newcomer, a restaurant serving […]

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East Village Finest, in the Heart of Hell Square

Posted December 28, 2020 at 5:03 am

East Village Finest, albeit in the heart of Hell Square. Indeed, another area bodega just debuted at the southeast corner of Ludlow and Stanton Streets. East Village Finest, which is a deli, grocery, and smoke shop rolled into one. Packaged with a misnomer of a name (and spelling errors). You’ll recall that Yumi Kim formerly […]

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