Food

‘Tang’s Noodle’ Joins the Leon Hotel on Canal Street

Posted December 15, 2017 at 5:11 am

Chinatown has another noodle shop to its name. Coming soon to the four-year-old Leon Hotel is Tang’s Noodle. If the signage is to be believed, this is the first stateside restaurant for the import. Build-out of the small ten-table establishment had been underway since summertime. And it’s not to be confused with the new hotpot […]

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Two Scoops: Chinatown Ice Cream Factory Expanding into New Essex Street Market

Last modified December 13, 2017 at 9:19 am

The beloved Chinatown Ice Cream Factory is expanding to the Lower East Side next year. It will take up residence inside the new Essex Street Market facility as part of Essex Crossing. This cross-neighborhood expansion is a first for the popular scoop shop, which has been serving its namesake neighborhood for four decades. Second-generation owner […]

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Red Compass Loses its Way, Sits Closed for Months

Posted December 12, 2017 at 5:07 am

For the second time inside a year, Georgian eatery Red Compass on Orchard Street is closed without notice. Only now, the outage appears permanent. Gates have been drawn during business hours for the last couple months. Calls to the Hell Square establishment all go directly to voicemail. Based on Yelp reviews, it appears the last […]

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Do Big Belly Trash Compacting Bins Contribute to Litter Problem?

Last modified December 8, 2017 at 11:23 am

This photo says it all, really. Namely that those Big Belly receptacles might not actually be working to plan. The multi-thousand-dollar trash bins began appearing across the streets of Chinatown and the Lower East Side earlier this fall, but are they helping or just part of the problem? Despite the best of intentions, an overflowing Big […]

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Open 3 Months, ‘Brigitte’ Seeks Basement Club on Ludlow

Posted December 8, 2017 at 5:08 am

Of course this would happen. Open nigh on three months, Canal Street bistro Brigitte is already angling to open a basement club. Naturally. Ownership this week submitted a dressed-up application to alter its liquor license to include bar and seats in the cellar. Blueprints show communal table seating to accommodate twenty-four additional patrons, plus a […]

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Hill & Dale Partners with ‘Thai Direct Bowls’ on Allen Street

Posted December 8, 2017 at 5:06 am

Hill & Dale is now open for takeaway Thai lunch options. The Allen Street watering hole last month struck a partnership with Thai Direct Bowls, a startup that offers “authentic meal kits, healthy lunch bowls and delicious food products.” It’s sub-leasing the space from the golden-age-of-radio-themed bar during daytime hours (until 4pm). Patrons can choose […]

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‘Shinka Ramen’ Debuts at the Wyndham Garden Hotel on the Bowery

Posted December 6, 2017 at 5:16 am

At age five, the eyesore that is the Wyndham Garden Hotel on the Bowery keeps padding its stable of food and beverage. As of yesterday, the eighteen-story, 106-room hotel now boasts a ramen restaurant to its name. Indeed, Shinka Ramen & Sake is the fifth onsite hangout for the Wyndham Garden Hotel, behind the Wu Room, […]

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Sidelined by Health Department, Two-Bit’s Retro Arcade Promises to Return

Posted December 6, 2017 at 5:02 am

For Two-Bit’s Retro Arcade, the truth surrounding its closure last month is available for the public to see. Ownership pasted a more detailed explanation about the Department of Health inspection and the ultimate decision to drop the hammer. Inspectors dropped by the Essex Street arcade in late-November and wasted little time in closing on the […]

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Locals Uneasy About Incoming Jarmulowsky Bank Hotel and its Nightlife

Posted December 6, 2017 at 5:00 am

There is a fight brewing over the incoming nightlife establishment at the Jarmulowsky Bank hotel. The Orchard Street Block Association, for its part, is already gearing up for the effort. They’ve distributed flyers of opposition in the immediate vicinity of the Jarmulowsky Bank Building (with the Monopoly Man) – first at summer’s end and now […]

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Nick Morgenstern to Helm Ace Hotel’s Bowery Bar-Restaurant Scene

Posted December 5, 2017 at 4:58 am

Finally. The first overt acknowledgment from Ace Hotel that it’s in fact opening up a lodge on the Bowery. (Bowery Boogie was first to break the news way back in September 2013.) Principals submitted a comprehensive application of 97 pages to Community Board 3 for the hotel liquor license, so there’s a lot to unpack here. […]

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