Food

Post-Pandemic Chinatown Brings Melting Pot of Restaurants

Posted May 11, 2022 at 5:14 am

Chinatown is more than the regional Chinese cuisine of old. The neighborhood has certainly seen its comfort food offerings evolve throughout the decades. From the Americanized Chop Suey in the 1940s and 1950s, to Toisanese, Shanghainese and Hakka favorites in the 1960s. The influx of Hong Kong immigrants brought with it Cantonese offerings and Hong Kong-style […]

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Russ & Daughters to Reopen its Orchard Street Cafe After 2 Years of Pandemic Sidelining

Posted May 10, 2022 at 5:02 am

Closed since the outset of the pandemic more than two years ago, Russ & Daughters is finally reopening its branded cafe on Orchard Street. The century-old Lower East Side business announced its return on Instagram yesterday. Saying that it’ll happen sometime “in the coming weeks.” “Take this as an appetizing tease,” the store said in […]

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Saigon Social Vows Return After Fire Last Week

Last modified May 9, 2022 at 8:40 am

Closed for a week, Saigon Social continues to pick up the pieces from a fire onsite. “We are incredibly grateful that the fire was contained and no one got hurt,” the restaurant said in an Instagram update over the weekend. As ownership continues to assess damages from the fire at 172 Orchard Street last Monday, […]

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Viva Birria Storefront Food Truck Begins Serving Ludlow Street this Weekend

Posted April 21, 2022 at 5:16 am

For Viva Birria, the time is now. One year after first announcing its plans for a new Lower East Side location, opening day is finally set. The restaurant will begin serving this weekend from its new food-truck-inspired takeout window at 153 Ludlow Street. Indeed, the storefront was built to resemble the back of a typical […]

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Gaia Italian Cafe Unveils New East 3rd Street Location

Last modified April 21, 2022 at 5:09 pm

Gaia Italian Cafe will return, but not on Essex Street as previously reported. It’s headed north into Alphabet City. New signage appeared at 226 East Third Street this week marking the return of Gaia, a restaurant beloved by locals since it first began serving Italian home cooking on East Houston eleven years ago. While owner-chef […]

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B Bar Sign Deposed from the Bowery Ahead of 21-Story Development

Posted April 12, 2022 at 5:08 am

The last discernible semblance of B Bar was removed from the Bowery yesterday. The classic illuminated signage. A reader spotted the crane prying the sign from the facade, headed for parts unknown. Demolition of the old B Bar – closed since the pandemic Pause of March 2020 – has been ongoing for the last couple […]

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Remembering Meow Mix on the 25th Anniversary of ‘Chasing Amy’

Posted April 8, 2022 at 5:10 am

This week marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of Chasing Amy, the third film in Kevin Smith’s Jay and Silent Bob canon. So, it’s only fitting that we exhume the history of a brief bar scene in the film. Before area hangs Vasmay Lounge, Local 269, Suffolk Arms, and now, The Mayfly, each planted a flag, there was […]

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Stoned Pizza Rolls up to Broome Street on 4/20

Posted April 6, 2022 at 5:08 am

Weed pizza is a thing, and it’s happening soon on the Lower East Side. Stoned Pizza is to take the dormant storefront at 302 Broome Street, last occupied by Omar’s La Boite. Ownership signed a ten-year lease on the 4,000 square-foot space, where patrons can order cannabis-infused pizza, appetizers and desserts, according to the Observer. […]

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Pickle Guys Now Grinding Super Spicy Passover Horseradish

Posted April 5, 2022 at 5:03 am

It’s time to stock up. As is the tradition in the weeks leading up to Passover, the Pickle Guys are now grinding (and bottling) spicy fresh horseradish for the holiday. First day of the annual sale period was this past Sunday, and will continue for two weeks. Expect the gas-masked grinder – admittedly not so […]

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Bar Veloce Looks to the Bowery for Latest Location

Posted March 30, 2022 at 5:01 am

Bar Veloce, the decades-old establishment, is set to expand its roster yet again. This time to the beloved Bowery. Owner-operator Frederick Twomey is angling to occupy 245 Bowery for this latest Veloce, the corner spot that, until 2020, housed Cata. (Sally Can Wait didn’t pan out.) “As huge fans of the area with its rich […]

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