Food

La Colombe Ready to Roast at the Bowery Whole Foods

Posted October 28, 2021 at 5:01 am

Popular coffee destination, La Colombe, is poised to open its first freestanding cafe on the Lower East Side. The upscale coffee brand recently signed a lease for the cornershop unit at the Bowery Whole Foods. In the 783 square-foot space previously occupied by the grocer’s own Allegro Coffee subsidiary. Unique about this ninth La Colombe […]

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Cafe Skye Joins Clinton Street Dining Scene

Posted October 26, 2021 at 5:00 am

The windmill stopped, but the sky is here. Rather, Skye. The new cafe recently opened in the narrow storefront at 43 Clinton Street, which previously housed Windmill, the sister location of Le French Diner. Originally from the Atlanta area, Skye Cafe owner Cameron Bean “hopes to blend the warm qualities of southern hospitality with the […]

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Lower East Side Residents Sue the City to Stop Outdoor Dining Sheds

Posted October 25, 2021 at 5:00 am

A group of New York City residents filed a lawsuit last week attempting to block the Open Restaurants program, initiated during the pandemic, from becoming permanent. The 22 claimants cite quality-of-life concerns with the clogged streetscapes, and allegations that the Department of Transportation – the agency responsible for the street shanties – mishandled its review […]

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‘Citi Bites’ Takes Hell Square Corner

Last modified October 19, 2021 at 1:19 pm

Another fast food option is coming to Hell Square. Citi Bites, not Citi Bikes, is described as a “modern deli,” this month signed a lease for the 2,000 square-foot cornershop at 101 Stanton Street. It takes the place of the former Prema hair salon which closed earlier this year. The bodega business reportedly agreed to […]

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Charlie Bird Vet Eyes Division Street for ‘Parcelle Wine’ Spinoff

Last modified October 22, 2021 at 1:25 pm

A veteran of Charlie Bird is spinning off the popular Hell’s Kitchen wine shop into a dedicated bar on the Lower East Side. Down on Division Street in the orbit of Forgtmenot, Dimes, and Kiki’s. Three-year-old Parcelle Wine, situated inside the Henry Hall apartment building near the Lincoln Tunnel, has plans for 135 Division. Specifically, to […]

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Local Cheesemonger Anne Saxelby Dies at 40

Posted October 12, 2021 at 5:07 am

Local cheesemonger, Anne Saxelby, who peddled artisanal cheeses around downtown for more than a decade, died this past Saturday. She was 40. According to the New York Times, Saxelby struggled with a heart condition. Lower East Siders may recognize Saxelby from her tenure inside the original Essex Street Market. The eponymous cheese stall, located near […]

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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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Hotel on Rivington Returns from Pandemic Hiatus [Updated]

Last modified October 6, 2021 at 10:34 am

The Hotel on Rivington is back on the Hell Square scene. Its return from the pandemic sidelines after more than a year is followed closely by rumors that the original owner-developers – Paul and Rena Stallings – sold the property to a known hotelier. Indeed, word circulating the block is that Charles Aini and his […]

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‘Belse’ Plant-Based Brewery Takes Dormant Paulaner Brewery on the Bowery

Posted October 4, 2021 at 5:00 am

Fallow for four years, the former Paulaner Brauhaus (and onetime home of Sammy’s Bowery Follies) may finally reactivate. Born again as a vegan restaurant brewery. Indeed, liquor license paperwork filed with Community Board 3 indicates that Dallas-based Belse is on board to take over 265-267 Bowery. The relative newcomer – which opened last February, will […]

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The Ten Bells Rings in New Bushwick Bar

Posted September 16, 2021 at 5:08 am

The Ten Bells is ringing in a new outpost – this time, not on the Lower East Side, but in Brooklyn. Bushwick, specifically. The natural wine bar has taken over a space that previously housed a Breaking Bad-themed coffee shop, Walter’s Coffee Roastery. The OG at 247 Broome Street is still alive and kicking, though […]

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