The ‘Grilled Cheese Incident’ Debuts Inside Boss Tweed’s on Essex Street

Posted on: May 28th, 2015 at 5:00 am by
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Boss Tweed’s on Essex Street is diversifying. Changing it up to stay relevant, perhaps. Another grilled cheese-specific operation is now underway here at 115 Essex. It’s called the Grilled Cheese Incident, a pop-up that banks heavily on the storied lore of Depression-era gangsters.

The Grilled Cheese Incident was founded by fifth-generation NYC native Marc Lande as the main food option, albeit temporary, within Boss Tweed’s. It debuted last weekend, and keeps roughly the same hours as the B&T watering hole, opening at 5pm.

Here’s some backstory from the website:

The menu is an homage to the mobsters that once ruled the Lower East Side. My father, Stewart Lande, told me countless stories of these neighborhood mobsters who would hang out in this very street (essex) where my great uncle owned a liquor store and my great grandfather owned a barber shop. One story in particular was of two Jewish mobsters named Jacob “Gurrah” Shapiro and Louis “Lepke” Buchalter.

They would run an illegal poker game in the back of my great grandfather’s barber shop. My father told me the children in the neighborhood used to make fun of Jacob (Gurrah) Shapiro because of his accent by yelling “get outa here gurrah” and he would chase them down the street. Little did they know, Gurrah and Lepke were the original founders of Murder Inc and were responsible for hundreds of murders in the Lower East Side. They later sold Murder Inc. to the more popular known Italian mobster, Lucky Luciano.

And the menu…

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