177 Chrystie Street

‘Le Turtle’ Goes Under After 3 Years on Chrystie Street

Posted February 5, 2019 at 5:04 am

Le Turtle is no more. The popular French-American restaurant at the southeast corner of Chrystie and Rivington Streets shuttered at the end of January after just over three years in business. A sign on the window announces the news, yet teases “more announcements soon.” Le Turtle launched at 177 Chrystie Street in December 2015. The […]

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Taavo Somer and Carlos Quirarte Soft Launch ‘Le Turtle’ at 177 Chrystie Street

Posted December 15, 2015 at 5:16 am

Thus far, Le Turtle has gone the less-traveled path, having quietly opened without the thrust of pay-to-play PR. Probably because the new restaurant, co-helmed by Taavo Somer and Carlos Quirarte (plus silent partner Nathan Lowman) is testing the proverbial waters without its beer-wine license. The sixteen-table “French New Wave” spot took over from Antonioni’s at […]

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Taavo Somer’s French New Wave Spot on Chrystie Street Identified as ‘Le Turtle’

Posted November 16, 2015 at 5:00 am

​Le Turtle, an appropriate name for a local restaurant more than seven months in the making. This is the identity of Taavo Somer’s newest Lower East Side project on Chrystie Street. As reported, local heavyhitter Taavo Somer recently paired up with Carlos Quirarte, co-owner of The Smile, to create Le Turtle, a sixteen-table establishment that serves […]

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Checking in with Taavo Somer’s ‘French New Wave’ Restaurant on Chrystie Street

Posted September 23, 2015 at 5:10 am

Somer is here again at Chrystie and Rivington. Local heavyhitter Taavo Somer recently paired up with Carlos Quirarte, co-owner of The Smile, to create a new Lower East Side concept. In fact, a sixteen-table restaurant that serves “French New Wave health food.” To realize the dream, the duo reportedly purchased the assets of failed Italian […]

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Taavo Somer and Carlos Quirarte Planning ‘French New Wave Health’ Restaurant in Failed Antonioni’s Space on Chrystie Street

Posted April 13, 2015 at 5:00 am

Where Antonioni’s failed, Taavo Somer hopes to strike again. After all, 177 Chrystie Street (corner of Rivington) is literally part of his backyard; everyone else is just living in it. Taavo Somer, the established restaurateur behind the popular destination, Freeman’s, is in talks to transform the former home of Antonioni’s into a new French restaurant. […]

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Antonioni’s Shutters After Less Than 2 Years on Chrystie Street

Posted February 12, 2015 at 5:10 am

When the honeymoon period of pay-to-play press plugging concludes and foodies have already moved to the next flavor of the week, lots of these newcomer restaurants tend to fade. Oftentimes gradually with a simple lie of “renovations” or “remodeling.” Or simply no word altogether. Well, Antonioni’s at the corner of Rivington and Chrystie opted for […]

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Antonioni’s Now Serving ‘Family Style’ Italian at 177 Chrystie Street

Posted March 5, 2014 at 10:10 am

It took a couple years to reach fruition, but Antonioni’s has finally ripened. The Italian restaurant at 177 Chrystie (at Rivington), designed by Amy Grantham and Luc Levy of Cafe Gitane, soft-opened on Valentine’s Day. Right now they’re only offering dinner service, but brunch is coming this weekend; lunch reportedly starts on March 24. Much […]

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Antonioni’s Set to Debut on Saturday at 177 Chrystie Street

Posted January 28, 2014 at 6:04 am

Antonioni’s has been underway for over two years already, so what’s another few days of waiting? If you amble past the corner, only the top half of the curved window at 177 Chrystie Street is covered with the token brown paper. It’s been that way for months, exposing the guts of Cafe Gitane’s new Lower East […]

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First Peek at Antonioni’s on Chrystie Street

Posted August 20, 2013 at 6:04 am

That mangy plywood encasement at 177 Chrystie Street was dismantled last week. It’s the first sight we have of the new Italian restaurant by the hand of Luc Levy – Antonioni’s.

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Mimi’s to Join Antonioni’s at 177 Chrystie Street

Posted March 5, 2013 at 6:09 am

177 Chrystie isn’t done with CB3 just yet. It’s again landed on the docket for another liquor license. Meaning, two bars at the same address.

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