Rivington Street

TongKatsu Replaced by ‘Otaku Katsu’ on Rivington Street

Posted August 15, 2019 at 5:05 am

Over on Rivington Street, TongKatsu becomes… …Otaku Katsu. Ben Tong, owner of the former, reportedly reassigned the lease after its shutter to husband-wife team Chef Dimitri Voutsinas and Christine Argao-Voutsinas. Otaku Katsu occupies the same below-grade space at 137 Rivington, and offers a variety of katsu and Japanese sando bentos, in addition to fresh made […]

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Da Falafel Guys Folds After 2 Years on Rivington Street

Posted July 29, 2019 at 5:00 am

Da Falafel Guys are down for the count. Much like its Rivington Street predecessor. The fast-casual eatery at 157 Rivington Street hasn’t been open the last couple weeks, and the space is now stocked with junk. Calls to the Halal falafel joint are answered only by the token operator stating that the number is no […]

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With Hip Hop Street Co-Naming on the Rise, is ‘Beastie Boys Square’ Finally Next?

Posted July 25, 2019 at 5:06 am

Today marks the thirtieth anniversary of Paul’s Boutique, the critically acclaimed sophomore album by the Beastie Boys. On a local level, the milestone is apt, since the cover photo featured the southwest corner of Ludlow and Rivington Streets. The spot that a one-man army is trying to co-name Beastie Boys Square. Far from a sure shot, […]

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TongKatsu is Kaput After Less than 2 Years

Last modified July 24, 2019 at 9:39 am

Pencil in another restaurant failure at 137 Rivington Street. TongKatsu, the fast-casual Japanese spot, recently went out of business. The first sign of trouble was a post to Instagram two months ago, in which Chef-owner Ben “Seraph” Tong announced that the one-and-half-year-old establishment would be “closed for awhile” but hoped to be “up and running […]

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Mount Sinai Details $140M Rivington House Transformation as ‘Largest’ Private Investment in Behavioral Health

Posted July 24, 2019 at 5:00 am

Mount Sinai this week released more details about its billion-dollar downtown plans, including the future of Rivington House. The media advisory released on Monday boasts that the $140 million transformation is the “largest private investment in behavioral health in New York history.” More below… Included in the $1 billion Downtown plan is a $140 million […]

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Street Artist Fixes ‘27 Club’ Mural on Rivington Street

Posted July 22, 2019 at 5:06 am

Friends don’t let friends have their murals tagged without recourse. For the “27 Club” piece on Rivington Street, it meant Hektad to the rescue. You’ll recall that earlier this month, a group of no-name taggers scrawled over the headshots painted by Eduardo Kobra. This action prompted a response letter from the community about how amateur […]

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Locals Unhappy about Defacement of ‘27 Club’ Mural on Rivington Street

Posted July 11, 2019 at 5:09 am

The tagging of a popular mural on Rivington Street has angered some of the local populace, it appears. The so-called “27 Club” mural at the corner of Forsyth Street – painted last October by Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra – was recently defaced. Some graffiti crew tagged over the artwork with several white scrawls. However, a […]

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First Look Inside the New Essex Restaurant, Opening Across the Street on Rivington

Posted July 8, 2019 at 5:02 am

For The Essex restaurant inside its now-shuttered namesake market building, the move across the street is progressing, albeit at a slow pace. The nineteen-year-old establishment now occupies the ground floor of 124 Rivington, where build-out has been ongoing for months. (This is the former commercial office previously targeted by La Caverna for an expansion of […]

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Rumor: Louis Vuitton Opening Store on Rivington Street

Posted July 1, 2019 at 5:00 am

Brace yourself, plebeians of the Lower East Side. There’s a pretty juicy (and unconfirmed) rumor floating around the neighborhood that claims Louis Vuitton is on the way. Specifically, a new store at the corner of Ludlow and Rivington Streets in what was previously Tani (and Steve Madden for the six years prior). Workers renovating the store […]

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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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