Food

Tsismis Owner Transforms Orchard Street Boutique into Taste Cafe

Posted January 2, 2020 at 5:03 am

The Taste Collection can now live up to its name. The two-year-old boutique at Orchard and Rivington Streets has morphed into a retail-cafe concept. Taste Cafe, as the new entity is known, features small bites and booze alongside clothes and accessories. Menu includes Nespresso coffee, salads, croissants, and fruit salad. There is also “hi tea […]

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‘Spring Natural’ Shuts Down After 47 Years in SoHo

Posted January 2, 2020 at 5:00 am

It’s an oft-repeated trend in the gentrified city. Business is forced from its longtime location, settles elsewhere, then closes shortly after. In the case of Spring Natural, the latter leg of the journey was about four years. The restaurant announced its official closure last night – on New Year’s Day – after forty-seven years serving […]

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Chen Wong Restaurant on Madison Street is Closing [Updated]

Last modified December 18, 2019 at 9:54 am

Longtime Chinese takeout spot on Madison Street, Chen Wong, is on its proverbial last legs. Due to the health of its owner, the restaurant is closing down next week with one year left on the lease. Our earlier reporting blamed a rent hike on the closure. However, building management refutes that as incorrect, stating in […]

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Joe’s Shanghai Ditches Pell Street for the Bowery

Posted December 17, 2019 at 5:03 am

Chinatown stalwart Joe’s Shanghai is settling into its new home on the Bowery, two weeks after relocating from Pell Street. And with it, the crowds and queues. In the shadow of the Jing Fong banquet hall. The main driver behind this move – nearly twenty-five years since opening on Pell Street – appears to be […]

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Bagatelle Managers Seek ‘Highlife’ for the Bowery

Posted December 9, 2019 at 5:08 am

GupShup owner Jimmy Rizvi isn’t headed to the Bowery, after all. His bid for another Indian restaurant at 245 Bowery failed this fall. Rizvi’s application for full liquor was heard by Community Board 3 back in September, but was instructed to return as the application was incomplete and further outreach needed. His no-show one month […]

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Croman’s Amato Opera Building on the Bowery Welcomes ‘Kissaki’ Sushi Next Month

Posted December 6, 2019 at 5:05 am

The onetime Amato Opera on the Bowery – renovated and upscaled years ago – will get a high-end sushi restaurant called Kissaki. Eater reported this week that former Gaijin chef-owner Mark Garcia is behind the 26-seat Omakase venture at 319 Bowery. The Omakase menu will cost $160 for twelve pieces of Nigiri and four kaiseki-style […]

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‘Peasant’ to Stay on Elizabeth Street Under Chef Marc Forgione

Posted December 5, 2019 at 5:08 am

So, it turns out that Peasant will remain on Elizabeth Street, after all. But under new ownership. One month ago, we reported that founding chef-owner Frank DeCarlo reportedly decided against renewal. An apparent change of heart unfolded in the interim… The New York Times this week disclosed that DeCarlo sold the business to Marc Forgione, […]

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Burlesque Bar ‘Mister French’ Takes Over Former Rebelle on the Bowery

Posted December 3, 2019 at 5:04 am

A burlesque bar is coming to the Bowery courtesy of a celebrity chef. Iron Chef contestant David Burke is launching Mister French this week at 218 Bowery, in partnership with Redefine Hospitality. The venue takes over from Rebelle, a critics’ favorite which shuttered in 2017 after two short years in business. For the last several […]

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The Market Line Brings a Food Court to the Lower East Side

Posted November 25, 2019 at 5:00 am

The Market Line is finally here, the next-most ambitious component of the Essex Crossing mega-development. Opening day was Friday. When we stopped by, vendors were still rushing with the finishing touches. Walking around the basement bazaar, the vibe felt like a more “elevated” version of a mall food court. However, rather than the usual greasy, […]

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Samesa is the First Vendor Casualty in the New Essex Market

Posted November 19, 2019 at 5:09 am

Open only six months, the first vendor of the new Essex Market has gone belly up. Not one of the long-timers, though. Samesa ended its brief run earlier this month. Established by brothers Max and Eli Sussman in 2016, Samesa first announced its Lower East Side grab-and-go stall one year ago. The Middle Eastern restaurant […]

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