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Galli Had the Gall to Open in the Former Inoteca Space

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

(Photos: Daniel Maurer)

Inoteca broke some hearts when it closed this past February, but as of last night you can once again put away pasta on the corner of Ludlow and Rivington. The Lower East Side offshoot of Soho restaurant Galli doesn’t serve truffled egg toast (sigh), but its menu of competently rendered Italian standards isn’t likely to disappoint anyone looking for carbs and carbonara. Just about the only Italian comfort food missing from the menu is fettuccine alfredo.
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Pink’s 242 Combines Hot Roddin’ and Truffle Popcorn, Because Why Not?

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

During construction, there were music arrangements pasted in the windows of Company bar’s former home on East 10th Street. But tonight there’ll be real live music to celebrate the grand opening of Pink’s 242.

Blues band JD Patch plays at 7 p.m., and bar owner Avi Burnbaum promises more live performances (everything from soul-funk to rock) down the road.
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Balvanera, a New Argentinian Spot, Goes Beyond the Beef

Balvanera on Stanton (Photo: Kirsten O'Regan)

Balvanera on Stanton (Photo: Kirsten O'Regan)

Empanadas. (photo courtesy of Balvanera)

Empanadas. (photo courtesy of Balvanera)

(Photo: Kirsten O'Regan)

(Photo: Kirsten O'Regan)

Sweetbreads. (Photo courtesy of Balvanera)

Sweetbreads. (Photo courtesy of Balvanera)

(Photo: Kirsten O'Regan)

(Photo: Kirsten O'Regan)

A refreshing iced mate, Argentina's signature herbal tea. (Photo: Kirsten O'Regan)

A refreshing iced mate, Argentina's signature herbal tea. (Photo: Kirsten O'Regan)

(Photo: Kirsten O'Regan)

(Photo: Kirsten O'Regan)

Balvanera may have an animal on the bar, but there's plenty besides beef on the menu (Photo: Kirsten O'Regan)

Balvanera may have an animal on the bar, but there's plenty besides beef on the menu (Photo: Kirsten O'Regan)

(Photo: Kirsten O'Regan)

(Photo: Kirsten O'Regan)

(Photo: Kirsten O'Regan)

(Photo: Kirsten O'Regan)

(Photo: Kirsten O'Regan)

(Photo: Kirsten O'Regan)

When you think of Argentinian food, your mind’s eye probably goes immediately to glistening slabs of beef. Yes, the steak is good. But Chef Fernando Navas wants his new Lower East Side restaurant, Balvanera, to “open a new road into Argentine cuisine in New York.”
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The Riceman Cometh: Here’s What That Rice Burger Joint Will Look Like

Yonekichi's storefront on East 9th (Photo: Kirsten O'Regan)

Yonekichi’s storefront on East 9th (Photo: Kirsten O’Regan)

Ever since we heard rice burgers were coming to the East Village, we’ve been on the story like white on, well, you know. But as anyone who has made rice before can tell you, a watched pot never boils. Short of boiling, Yonekichi has recently got its storefront in order.

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Microscope Focuses in on a New Gallery Space in Bushwick

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Marni Kotak’s “Mad Meds” Exhibit; Photo Courtesy of Microscope Gallery

It wasn’t easy for Elle Burchill and Andrea Monti to find a space in Bushwick to house their expanding gallery, Microscope. The two started looking in October 2013, and finally signed a lease just under a month ago. “We saw at least 30 spaces,” Burchill says. “We lost several just as we were supposed to go sign a lease, and then the landlord had someone slip in and offer more for rent. That was fun.”
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