Food

‘Ourika’ Cafe Joins Clinton Street Restaurant Roster

Posted January 3, 2019 at 5:08 am

Eureka, Ourika. There is a new cafe on Clinton Street, filling a void left by another. The Italian-flavored eatery, Ourika, bowed last month at 37 Clinton Street in the space formerly occupied by the Triple Shot World Atlas Cafe. The store itself had been vacant and gated for two years before this arrival. Menu is […]

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‘Local 138’ Now Eyeing Orchard Street Move

Posted January 3, 2019 at 5:07 am

Local 138 has been at its namesake address for two decades, and is beloved by many as one of the last genuine Lower East Side pubs. However, a complicated relocation of the Hell Square watering hole remains ongoing. Several months after controversial landlord Michael Shah purchased 138 Ludlow Street for $19 million, the bar was […]

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Fire Takes out ‘Sauce’ Restaurant on Rivington Street, No one Hurt

Posted January 2, 2019 at 5:03 am

Early Saturday morning, a one-alarm fire swept through the lower part of 78 Rivington Street. It apparently started inside the kitchen of Sauce restaurant. According to ownership, the fire was quickly extinguished and no one hurt. Published reports noted that the flames spread up to apartments 2B and 2D, but that affected tenants are okay. […]

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‘Louie & Chan’ on Broome Street Sidelined by Flood

Posted December 27, 2018 at 5:00 am

On the occasion of its near-fifth anniversary, Louie & Chan down on Broome Street is currently down for the count. The business announced the closure last week, and noted that “much needed maintenance work” is required during this “unforeseen” time off. What we hear, however, is that the ground floor restaurant and basement club were […]

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DOH Shutters ‘Sweet Chick’ on Ludlow Street

Posted December 26, 2018 at 5:07 am

For the third time this year, Sweet Chick on Ludlow Street has fallen victim to a city-mandated closure. Department of Health inspectors showed up to the restaurant last week (December 19) and tallied a list of 86 violation points. Citation was rather serious – vermin on-premise and food prep areas tainted by “sewage or liquid […]

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‘Beer Fridge’ on Essex Street is Teetering on the Brink of Closure

Posted December 21, 2018 at 5:03 am

Beer Fridge lost its own and is making an urgent appeal to the community. The Essex Street beer shop “endured a heavy hit” earlier this month when its large refrigerator broke down. This seemingly simple loss caused “ungodly repair costs, days of closure and an unfortunate amount of inventory made unsellable.” To that end, ownership […]

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Canal Street Welcomes the ‘Greek Shack’ [Updated]

Last modified December 29, 2018 at 4:08 pm

Last month, we reported that Cup & Saucer was returning to the same Canal Street address, but next door. Not quite. While the classic luncheonette is not returning, a similar venture just did. The Greek Shack. Brother of Cup & Saucer co-owner John Vasilopoulos signed a lease on the space earlier this year, which sits […]

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‘Alphonso’s Pizza’ Shack Reopened Yesterday after Flood

Posted December 19, 2018 at 5:06 am

Alphonso’s Pizza Shack on the eastern fringe of Grand Street just reopened after a forced five-day hiatus. The neighborhood slice joint shuttered last week after a flood wrecked the place, and spent the intervening time on the sidelines. Ownership tells us that a broken water heater was to blame. The Pizza Shack, which has been […]

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‘Empire Gyro’ Readies 24-Hour Allen Street Eatery for Christmastime Debut

Posted December 12, 2018 at 5:03 am

The tradition of 24-hour eateries at the southeast corner of Allen and East Houston continues with Empire Gyro. The new fast food Mediterranean spot, which takes over from the utilitarian Sugar Cafe, has been building out 200 Allen Street since early October. The menu is somewhat predictable, featuring soups, salads, kebabs, and shawarma. Empire Gyro […]

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‘Vivi Bubble Tea’ Cafe on Allen Street Shuttered by DOH [Updated]

Last modified December 11, 2018 at 11:50 pm

Vivi Bubble Tea on Allen Street recently had a run-in with the Department of Health. Inspectors visited the four-year-old Chinatown import in mid-October, and dropped the hammer big time. The franchise fell victim to 79 violation points largely due to vermin and lack of sanitization. It was closed for business for several weeks with brown […]

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