Food

Bagel Boss Headed to Former OddFellows on East Houston

Posted April 1, 2021 at 5:02 am

A Long Island bagel institution is expanding with a new outpost in Little Italy. Bagel Boss, the half-century old bakery, this week planted a sign at 55 East Houston Street, in the store formerly occupied by OddFellows. Its presence presents competition to the trendy Black Seed Bagels just a few blocks south on Elizabeth Street. […]

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Zarin Fabrics Surrenders its Orchard Street Showroom to the ‘Sharks’

Posted April 1, 2021 at 5:00 am

Here’s some unexpected news. Zarin Fabrics, the third-generation family owned business, recently surrendered its eight-year-old showroom on Orchard Street. Likely a retail victim of the coronavirus pandemic. And there is already a replacement in the making. (Zarin does not own the building, but still maintains a presence upstairs.) Sharks is coming. Self described as “your […]

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Hell Square Gets ‘Pig and Butter’ Brunch

Posted March 30, 2021 at 5:07 am

From bovine to swine. There is a new fast-casual spot in Hell Square called Pig and Butter, taking the torch from Burger People at 134 Ludlow Street. The new greasy spoon – which is advertised as proudly Black owned – is a brunch restaurant that serves up comfort food with plenty of pig meat. There […]

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New Wine Bar Eyes Former Pala Pizza on Allen Street

Posted March 25, 2021 at 5:01 am

The former home of a beloved pizza place on Allen Street may soon birth a new nightspot. Bereft of a permanent occupant since Pala Pizza shuttered in 2017, principals Allen Chan and Djamel Omari hope to impart an Italian wine bar and restaurant at 198 Allen Street. Menu includes share and family style dishes – […]

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Top Hops Beer Shop Bids Farewell to Orchard Street After 9 Years

Last modified March 18, 2021 at 10:52 am

After nearly a decade of serving suds to the Lower East Side, Top Hops Beer Shop is closing its brick-and-mortar location on Orchard Street. And on the hunt for a new flagship. In a letter to customers yesterday afternoon, ownership only partly blames the novel coronavirus for the seemingly sudden closure, yet doesn’t elaborate on […]

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Pop-up ‘Taikun’ Sushi Counter Opening Next to Grey Lady on Thursday

Posted March 16, 2021 at 5:02 am

When Grey Lady reopens on April 1, it’ll do so alongside a new sidecar business. Indeed, where RISE Brewing Company for two years served its flavor of java, a trendy sushi counter will soon debut. (The coffee business closed at the outset of the pandemic lockdown, never to reopen.) Taikun, as it’s called, is an […]

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Pickle Guys Now Grinding Super Hot Passover Horseradish

Last modified March 15, 2021 at 2:56 pm

The time is now. The Pickle Guys are currently grinding super-hot horseradish for the Passover holiday later this month. The annual tradition returned yesterday and will continue for the next two weeks. Expect the gas-masked grinder – admittedly not so out of place in a pandemic world – and a horde of customers queueing to […]

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With Dining Room Shuttered, Jing Fong Demolition Already Underway

Posted March 11, 2021 at 5:00 am

Iconic Chinatown banquet hall, Jing Fong, served its last customers Sunday as lines stretched down the block with regulars wanting to have a final Dim Sum lunch there before it closed the dining room. No sooner did service end than interior demolition began. Jing Fong, a neighborhood staple for the last 43 years, folded under the […]

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In First Expansion from San Francisco, Plant-Based ‘Beloved Cafe’ Readies Allen Street Locale

Posted March 10, 2021 at 5:06 am

The former home of a popular Lower East Side pizzeria will soon birth another plant-based option. Beloved Cafe – a San Francisco plant-based eatery and juice bar – is headed to 196 Allen Street, which previously housed Pala. The new location is the first expansion for the company beyond its Bay Area environs. Beloved Cafe […]

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Newcomer Tres Leches Cafe Keeps Orchard Street in Treats

Posted March 8, 2021 at 5:08 am

A new bakery dedicated to all things tres leches is now serving in Hell Square. DIU Tea didn’t survive the pandemic, and its former footprint at 160 Orchard Street is now occupied by Tres Leches Cafe Downtown. The newcomer serves up a bevy of desserts, but also bagels, muffins, and coffees. It opened last month, […]

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