Max Fish

‘The Orchard Room’ is the Max Fish Replacement on Orchard Street

Posted February 24, 2021 at 5:00 am

The Max Fish replacement on Orchard Street has an identity and pseudo opening date. The Orchard Room. According to its Instagram account, this weekend is launch. Behind the establishment are a collection of investors including the landlord and elements of the 29Monroe nightlife hospitality company. It promises “groovy vibes” and probable headaches for neighbors. Opposition […]

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Max Fish Finally Confirms Closure, Announces Hunt for New Space

Posted November 30, 2020 at 5:16 am

The six-year-old Max Fish reboot at 120 Orchard Street is not reopening. The bar closed at the outset of the pandemic and did not return. Back in September, we broke the news that Max Fish co-owner (and founder), Ulli Rimkus, is trying to sell the assets (Ulli Bar Corp) to a different corporate entity. Paperwork […]

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It Appears Max Fish is Selling Rebooted Orchard Street Bar

Posted September 28, 2020 at 5:00 am

For the second time in years, obituaries are to be written for a Lower East Side classic. Max Fish, which defied the odds to reopen in a new location, might close down all over again. The first evidence of what’s to transpire here on Orchard Street is an application for a new liquor license at […]

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Lucien Bahaj, ‘Pink Pony’ and ‘Lucien’ Fixture, Dies at 74

Posted August 5, 2019 at 5:03 am

Another of the old neighborhood guard has passed on. Lucien Bahaj, the local icon behind Lower East Side favorites Lucien and the Pink Pony, died last week. He was 74. According to published reports, he died on July 29. The Moroccan-born Bahaj founded his eponymous French bistro on First Avenue in 1998. It was a […]

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Adidas Launches Limited Edition Max Fish Sneakers Celebrating 30 Years of the Bar

Posted July 9, 2019 at 5:00 am

When Max Fish first opened on Ludlow Street in 1989, it quickly became a favored hangout of downtown skateboarders. Now, years removed from its original location, the rebooted dive bar has teamed up with adidas to create a “super limited run” of skater kicks. Dubbed “Max Fish Campus ADV,” the collaborative shoe comes with a […]

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DOH Shutters ‘Sweet Chick’ on Ludlow Street

Posted December 26, 2018 at 5:07 am

For the third time this year, Sweet Chick on Ludlow Street has fallen victim to a city-mandated closure. Department of Health inspectors showed up to the restaurant last week (December 19) and tallied a list of 86 violation points. Citation was rather serious – vermin on-premise and food prep areas tainted by “sewage or liquid […]

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‘Electrical Issue’ Sidelines Ludlow Street’s Sweet Chick Indefinitely

Posted January 22, 2018 at 5:12 am

Celebrity-backed Sweet Chick has been closed and on the ropes for the last three days. Apparently, there were some unspecified “electrical issues,” and Con Edison came to shut down the waffles-and-chicken restaurant just before the busy rush on Friday evening. Computer printouts taped to the vestibule say the same – that it’s closed “temporarily” and […]

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Finger Tips: Why You Shouldn’t Pet the NYPD Horses in Hell Square

Posted August 24, 2015 at 9:24 am

More evidence of why the NYPD’s equine patrol unit in Hell Square is a bad idea. It’s not just the mounds of horse shit and smell of piss weekend mornings. The drunken petting zoo can also result in disfigurement. In this case, a presumably sloshed Swedish woman hanging at Max Fish last November – Pernilla Ekberg – asked an officer […]

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Celebrity Chef Julieta Ballesteros Gambling on Problematic Pink Pony Space

Posted July 23, 2015 at 5:16 am

It’s been two-and-a-half years since Pink Pony departed the Lower East Side, but who’s counting? Since its forced closure at the hand of a $6,000 rent hike, the large restaurant space has remained dormant. Absolutely zero activity here except for the placement of numerous leasing signs in the windows and above the entrance itself. However, […]

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Why the Pink Pony Space on Ludlow Street Will Have Trouble Attracting Another Restaurant

Posted February 11, 2015 at 10:00 am

If you can believe it, we’re already two years removed from Pink Pony’s unfortunate demise. The beloved restaurant on upper Ludlow Street shuttered in February 2013 when landlord Arwen Properties issued a $6,000 rent hike to an ubearable $20,000 sum. It’s still a vacancy. Since then, 176 Ludlow has been peddled on the rental market without much […]

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