Food

All Vegan ‘Orchard Grocer’ Returns with Takeout Service

Posted September 11, 2020 at 5:00 am

Mooshoes has good news for local vegans. Its sidecar grocery space is back open after six months on the sidelines. When the pandemic shutdown hit in mid-March, Orchard Grocer pivoted to become a virtual vegan grocery store for the local community. Six months later, ownership has unveiled a to-go counter for their specialty house-made goods. As […]

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Vegan Institution ‘Sacred Chow’ to Shutter Next Week After 25 Years on Sullivan Street

Posted September 10, 2020 at 5:04 am

A big loss to report for vegans. Sacred Chow, the cozy Sullivan Street institution, announced its closure this week after an impressive twenty-five -year run. Final day is next Monday (September 14). In the meantime, the Greenwich Village restaurant is selling off all its equipment, and giving freebies, under the temporary banner of the Sacred […]

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Delicatessen Replacement, La Pecora Bianca, Sets up on Prince Street

Posted September 10, 2020 at 5:02 am

Outdoor dining is still heating up even with Governor Cuomo’s announcement yesterday to allow indoor dining at 25% capacity. For La Pecora Bianca, which replaced Delicatessen on Prince Street, the heat is here. Lamps, that is. What appear to be kerosene heaters are now in place outside the new restaurant. While the exterior of La […]

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Tao’s ‘Vandal’ Nightclub Erased from the Bowery

Posted September 10, 2020 at 5:00 am

The economic fallout from the coronavirus lockdown earlier this year continues to devastate the nightlife realm. Even the big fish are reeling. Case in point is Tao, whose nightclub on the Bowery is now kaput. Indeed, Vandal had shut down with the rest of the city back in March, but ultimately didn’t make it through. […]

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Aji Ichiban Flagship Vacates Mott Street

Posted September 9, 2020 at 5:10 am

Another long-term Chinatown staple just closed its doors. Aji Ichiban cleared its shelves and vacated the flagship location at 37 Mott Street last week. Ending more than twenty years of retail on this spot. The Hong Kong-based candy chain counts franchises worldwide, but the Mott Street outpost was the first established on the east coast […]

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A Hidden Taco Spot Sees the Light Of Day on Avenue A

Posted September 9, 2020 at 5:06 am

Just a few nights ago, while eating at La Contenta on Norfolk Street, I noticed a staircase leading to a basement with a sign that read “Lower East Side Toy Company,” and recalled a hazy night of my mid-20s. “Isn’t there a hidden bar down there?” I asked my friend who I was dining with. […]

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SLA Suspends The Skinny Bar on Orchard Street for Coronavirus Violations

Posted September 8, 2020 at 5:00 am

Another longtime Hell Square nightclub over the weekend violated state-mandated coronavirus rules, and paid the ultimate price. The Skinny bar on Orchard Street, considered by many locals as a bad operator, was caught lax on its enforcement of patron social distancing and face coverings. These transgressions led the dedicated multi-agency task force to suspend their […]

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Chinatown Merchants Caught in the Middle of ‘Open Streets’ Fight [OP-ED]

Last modified September 4, 2020 at 6:57 am

It is fairly common knowledge by now that Chinatown businesses have suffered greatly since early January due to declining foot traffic caused by the Covid-19 outbreak and the citywide lockdown ordered two months later. Many Chinatown restaurant owners felt optimistic when the phased reopening of the city led to the “Open Restaurants” program, which allowed […]

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Fridays Under $40: Send Chinatown Love’s Food Crawl

Posted September 4, 2020 at 5:08 am

In our Friday column, “Fridays Under $40,” Boogie writer Sara Graham again hits the streets to find cheap eats and affordable things to do during these weird times. It’s been awhile since we chatted with the folks at Send Chinatown Love, the unofficial ambassadors of Chinatown’s mom-and-pop shops. Since the pandemic, they’ve been working hard […]

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Speedy Romeo Pizzeria on Clinton Street is Permanently Closed

Posted September 2, 2020 at 5:07 am

The Lower East Side outpost of Speedy Romeo is cooked. The four-year-old pizzeria on Clinton Street permanently closed down last month. Chef-owner Justin Bazdarich confirmed to Eater yesterday that the closure is permanent, and related to the pandemic. And that keeping it open “wasn’t sustainable” given the uncertainty about when indoor dining would return. But […]

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