Food

Wegmans Market to Open at Former Astor Place Kmart

Posted July 30, 2021 at 5:00 am

Something rather unexpected. Not two weeks after Kmart terminated its presence in Astor Place, its replacement is announced. From left field – Wegmans is to open its first Manhattan grocery at this location. The well-regarded, Rochester-based chain already maintains a store in Brooklyn. Curb your enthusiasm, though, as the new Wegmans won’t open at 770 […]

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Just Go Get Married at Katz’s Deli

Posted July 28, 2021 at 5:05 am

Going to the … deli … and we’re going to get married… The Lower East Side’s iconic Katz’s Deli has joined forces with Williamsburg wedding chapel, Sweet Hearts, to give couples a chance to tie the knot inside the 133-year-old eatery. With a hefty side of pastrami, of course. The $2,500 wedding package includes an […]

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The Return of ‘Gaia Cafe’ on the Lower East Side

Posted July 22, 2021 at 5:05 am

The beloved Gaia Italian Cafe shuttered last July after nearly a decade on East Houston, one of scores of eateries that closed due to complications from coronavirus. Exactly one year later, the fan favorite is back! Namesake chef-owner Gaia Bagnasacco signed a lease for the ground floor of 119 Essex Street, last home to Char […]

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Fire-Stricken Golden Diner Crowdfunding to Rebound

Posted July 22, 2021 at 5:02 am

Golden Diner survived the pandemic only to be consumed by fire. Indeed, the Chinatown newcomer (123 Madison Street) sustained a significant fire on-premise and is now raising money for survival. The fire sparked due to a “machinery explosion” after-hours in the kitchen, and the resulting flames “decimated a huge chunk of our beloved restaurant and […]

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Chef Chikara Sono Opens ‘BBF’ Izakaya on Ludlow Street

Posted July 21, 2021 at 5:07 am

The mystery izakaya restaurant vying for 177 Ludlow Street is ready to roll. The owners of Momo Sushi Shack, Samurai Mama, and Brooklyn Ball Factory just planted a flag here in Hell Square. The new endeavor, known simply as BBF, is more than two years in the offing, and takes the 2,000 square-foot spot formerly occupied by Black […]

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LES Landlord Shuts Down ‘Forsyth Fire Escape’ Burrito Slingers

Last modified July 21, 2021 at 12:17 pm

Two Chinatown residents last month opened a unique pop up restaurant, slinging burritos from their fire escape on Forsyth Street. They’re not the run-of-the mill burritos, either – they’re Scallion Pancake Burritos, of the Thai, Dominican, Chinese and California variety. Rather than running up and down stairs for delivery, “Forsyth Fire Escape” owners Isabel Lee […]

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Picking up ‘Langos’ on Rivington Street

Posted July 19, 2021 at 5:03 am

The owner of Ginger and Lemongrass expanded with a new restaurant. Its second on Rivington Street and a complete departure. Last month, Petra Rickman debuted Langos at 137 Rivington. Inside the sub-grade space that last housed Otaku Katsu, which was a victim of the pandemic. Langos is a cafe inspired by Central European (Czech Republic, […]

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The Market Line Returns to Essex Crossing from Pandemic Sidelines Next Week

Posted July 16, 2021 at 5:08 am

Another sign that things are normalizing; the Market Line at Essex Crossing will soon be open and fully operational. Its return from the sixteen-month pandemic sidelines is slated for July 22. The subterranean food court occupies 150,000 square-feet beneath the three contiguous Essex Crossing developments on the south side of Delancey Street. There are over […]

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City Jeered for its Intention to Make Streetside Dining Sheds Permanent

Posted July 15, 2021 at 5:00 am

The city has begun its controversial campaign to amend zoning laws to make permanent the dining structures that grew out of the so-called Open Restaurants program. First stop was the Lower East Side, where officials were met with a wave of resistance. Brass from the Department of City Planning and Department of Transportation presented plans […]

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Neighbors Band Together in Opposition to ‘Junkyard’ Dining Sheds

Posted July 12, 2021 at 5:00 am

Last week, Governor Cuomo signed legislation extending the state’s outdoor dining program for another year. The announcement comes as the city simultaneously works to make the dining shed a permanent reality via the Open Restaurants initiative started during the coronavirus pandemic. Indeed, the Department of City Planning and Department of Transportation proposed a text amendment […]

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