Food

LES Crepes & Taqueria Wraps Around Hester Street with New Annex

Posted August 21, 2017 at 5:14 am

LES Crepes & Taqueria just unveiled its newly improved eat space on Essex Street. Customers are now forced to enter the premises at the corner. No more ordering and waiting for food on the sidewalk. One of the workers explained his pleasure with putting the claustrophobia in the past. By breaking down the wall to […]

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How About an Evening ‘Tasting’ at Ray’s Candy Store Tonight?

Posted August 21, 2017 at 5:12 am

Now that the summertime (bougie) Restaurant Week has come to a close, time to spend an evening with an Alphabet City classic. Indeed, there is a special “tasting” event later this evening at Ray’s Candy Store. For the accessible ten-spot cover charge, proprietor Ray Alvarez will serve a “5-course meal including selections of Ray’s famous […]

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SHUT Skateboards Shutting Down its Orchard Street HQ

Last modified August 21, 2017 at 1:29 pm

Looks like SHUT is shutting its flagship skateshop on the Lower East Side. The store has been part of the retail landscape here for about ten years. And as of last week, there is now a Misrahi Realty leasing sign hanging in the front window. It’s indication enough that more turnover is around the corner. […]

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’80s Concept Bar ‘GB85’ on Rivington Street is for Sale

Posted August 18, 2017 at 5:12 am

The 1980s-themed bar GB85 on Rivington Street is not long for the neighborhood. As next of kin for Stay Classy New York, the small concept spot is now listed for sale. Tower Brokerage was retained to represent the seller. According to the real estate listing making the rounds, the 1,300 square-foot (plus basement) space is […]

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‘Factory Tamal’ Reopens in New Ludlow Street Location

Posted August 18, 2017 at 5:07 am

Factory Tamal is now up and running in its new Lower East Side location. The tiny dispensary relocated yesterday around the corner to 34 Ludlow Street. The move comes at an unusual time, as the business just debuted five months ago. We were told by ownership that the change in scenery is due to a […]

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Inside Schiller’s Liquor Bar While it’s Emptied Out [PHOTOS]

Posted August 18, 2017 at 5:00 am

The bright yellow neons of 131 Rivington Street are now indellibly dark. Schiller’s Liquor Bar, which ended service Sunday night after fourteen years on the block, has turned out the lights. So, for the foreseeable future, load-out is in full effect. Contractors are currently dismantling and removing the remaining booze, furnishings, and kitchen equipment from […]

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Uneven Ground: Is there a CB3 Double Standard Regarding Chinatown Restaurants? [OP-ED]

Posted August 17, 2017 at 8:29 am

The following opinion piece was written by Chinatown activist, and Community Board 3 member Karlin Chan. As a member of Community Board 3, but primarily as a Chinatown resident, activist, and advocate, I cannot keep silent any further. It is disturbing to see CB3 apply different sets of rules when it comes to the SLA subcommittee’s […]

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‘I.M. Pastry Studio’ Debuts at Essex Street Market; ‘Dominican Cravings’ on the Way

Posted August 17, 2017 at 5:08 am

Brooklyn-based pastry peddlers, I.M. Pastry Studio, signed a lease inside the Essex Street Market back in April. Four months later, the business is operational. I.M. Pastry Studio, specializing in custom cakes and pastries, began slinging its baked goods last week in what was formerly the seating area for Tra La La juicery. The eight-year-old bakery spawned as […]

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Rumor: Cup & Saucer is Negotiating Lease for Grand Street Revival

Posted August 16, 2017 at 9:45 am

There is hope for Cup & Saucer. On the heels of its “reopening” for a Netflix film shoot (i.e. Maniac with Emma Stone and Jonah Hill), rumors are circulating about its potential Lower East Side revival. Word on the street is that co-owner John Vasilopoulos is currently negotiating a lease for a new commercial space […]

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After Labor Day, ‘Dirt Candy’ will Become a Tasting Menu Restaurant

Posted August 16, 2017 at 5:11 am

Chef Amanda Cohen is completely revamping the nine-year-old Dirt Candy. Her popular vegetarian restaurant – which moved to Allen Street in 2015 – will close on August 31, and relaunch with a transformed offering, making it more upscale. In other words, they’re doing away with the a la carte menu for dinner seating. Dirt Candy […]

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