Food

Black Tap LES Melts After 2-Year Stint in Hell Square

Posted June 26, 2019 at 5:00 am

Just over two years to the day after its controversial debut in Hell Square, Black Tap LES is no more. The Ludlow Street outpost of the popular burgers-and-shakes chain went dark earlier this month. A spate of costly lawsuits, coupled with an apparent lack of foot traffic – locals were expecting hordes based on other […]

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Shuttered 3 Months, Cafe Petisco to Return as Vegan Restaurant?

Posted June 25, 2019 at 5:05 am

For Cafe Petisco, the purported collapsed wall in the basement curiously coincided with a Department of Health Inspection that ultimately led to its closure. Three months later, the mediterranean restaurant looks to be going vegan. Public records show that Cafe Petisco was ordered shut after an inspection on March 29 yielded 43 violation points for “evidence […]

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Promised for 2 Years, ‘Diller’ Finally Brings its Fried Pickles to Grand Street

Posted June 25, 2019 at 5:00 am

Killer diller is dressed to the hilt… Indeed, the name has been in Broadway-style lights on Grand Street since last fall. And now, Diller is finally opening. The new fried pickles joint had been waiting what seemed like an eternity for the final Con Edison inspections at 357 Grand Street. But the many months of […]

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Sauce on the Sidelines for Another Month (at Least)

Posted June 24, 2019 at 5:05 am

Still on the sidelines, Sauce might soon return. Workers busy with renovations inside the Rivington Street restaurant said to expect a reopening sometime “next month.” Given the apparent state of the interior, though, that seems ambitious. You’ll recall that a kitchen fire at the end of December knocked out the locals favorite (Monday nights half […]

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‘Spreadhouse Cafe’ Closes After 5 Years on Suffolk Street

Posted June 24, 2019 at 5:04 am

Spreadhouse Cafe is no more. The establishment closed down last week after spending five years at 116 Suffolk Street. A two-by-three grid of graphic printouts – featuring an image of Bartman in pose – announces the closure (“for now”) and to “stay tuned” for whatever might be next. So far, there are no updates on […]

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Cup & Saucer Reboot Renamed ‘Two Bridge’s Diner’

Posted June 19, 2019 at 5:03 am

The Cup & Saucer reboot on Canal Street recently changed its identity. It’s no longer the Greek Shack; instead taking on the location-specific name of Two Bridge’s Diner. (The grammatical error – should be plural – is memorialized on the awning and menus.) John Vasilopoulos, who lost the Cup & Saucer exactly two years ago, […]

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Flowers Cafe Returns to Essex Street After 4 Years

Posted June 17, 2019 at 5:05 am

What’s old is new again. Flowers Cafe, the retro cafe displaced by development four years ago, returned to its Lower East Side stomping grounds last week. The business reopened around the corner at 39 Essex Street last Friday with a free bagel promotion. You may have seen the handbills in the vicinity. We first reported […]

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With Libation Shuttered, Soho House’s ‘Ludlow Garden’ Plan Quietly Proceeds

Posted June 17, 2019 at 5:00 am

One year after word first broke, the demolition of Libation is nigh. The controversial Hell Square nightclub officially closed its doors last month after nearly two decades irking serving. Its clearance will ultimately yield a “garden annex” for the Ludlow House next door. Last spring, we reported that Soho House corporate planned to construct the […]

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PS 110 Hosts 5th Annual ‘Lower Eats Side Food Festival’ Tomorrow

Posted June 14, 2019 at 5:09 am

Tomorrow afternoon, you can eat your way around the globe at the fifth annual “Lower Eats Side Festival.” As in years prior, the PTA at Public School 110 (aka the Florence Nightingale School) on Delancey Street is once again hosting this international food and music festival. First held in 2015 on the 110th anniversary of […]

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Celebrating 19 Years of Egg Rolls and Egg Creams on Eldridge Street

Last modified June 14, 2019 at 7:42 pm

Mah jongg tiles at the ready! The annual Egg Rolls and Egg Creams Festival is hitting the Lower East Side this weekend. The block party, now in its 19th year, is ready to dish out frothy beverages that are neither egg nor cream, alongside a bunch of activities and food celebrating the unique diversity of […]

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