181 East Houston

Taste of Turkey Returns to Orchard and East Houston with ‘Ankara’

Posted October 11, 2021 at 5:02 am

Echoes of Bereket abound as a new Turkish eatery is poised to open on the opposite corner of the once-beloved icon at Orchard and East Houston Streets. The aptly named Ankara Turkish Restaurant last month signed a ten-year lease for the 3,000 square-foot store at 181 East Houston in what was once half of American […]

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Dr Smood Shutters LES Outpost After 3 Years

Last modified October 9, 2021 at 10:56 am

Three years later, the Dr Smood organic cafe on the Lower East Side is flatlined. Readers relayed that the neon signs hanging inside 181 East Houston Street were deposed yesterday, along with the writing on the windows. The light housings now sit discarded. When reached for comment, a spokesperson stated only that, “sadly [the cafe] […]

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‘The Modern Chemist’ Chain Opens LES Outpost at East Houston and Orchard

Posted September 18, 2019 at 5:00 am

Trendy local chain, The Modern Chemist, now has a presence on the Lower East Side. The company just debuted this new outpost in the other half of what was once American Apparel at East Houston and Orchard Streets. A sandwich board out front advertises the new opening. The Modern Chemist, which counts three other locations […]

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In What was American Apparel, ‘Dr Smood’ Health Eatery Debuts on East Houston

Posted September 22, 2017 at 5:05 am

The doctor is now seeing patients. Customers, rather. Dr Smood, the health eatery that offers “smart food for a good mood,” opened the doors to its Lower East Side location this week. As you might expect, the new “organic boutique cafe” at the corner of Orchard and East Houston Streets carries with it an antiseptic […]

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‘Dr Smood’ Organic Health Cafe Announces New Location at the Old LES American Apparel

Last modified September 21, 2017 at 10:53 pm

Dr Smood, a bougie “organic boutique cafe” specializing in 100-percent United States Department of Agriculture-certified organic food and beverages, just signed a lease for space at the former American Apparel on East Houston Street. Vinyl window cladding announces the imminent arrival of this latest area eatery. With all the condos arriving to market nearby in […]

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Stop the Noise on Orchard Street

Posted September 23, 2009 at 6:29 am

These “Stop the Noise” fliers were taped to the doorway of 181 East Houston as a call to arms against more liquor licenses on Orchard Street.  It reads as follows: “Under the 500 Foot Law and the CB3 Resolution District rule, we already exceed the allowable number of liquor licenses.  AND our tiny block houses […]