Tsuna and Price as they prepare for their reopening.
Earlier this week, Empire Biscuit opened at 198 Avenue A, near East 12th Street, and began peddling biscuits in every imaginable form (as a sandwich, slathered in gravy, or topped with an impossibly eclectic selection of spreads and jams); the demand was so great that owners Jonathan Price and Yonadav Tsuna ran out of major menu items and had to close early. They’re taking the weekend to regroup, but come this Tuesday, with an expanded staff and a bolstered inventory, they’ll officially be open 24 hours a day. More →
It happened on Halloween: 7-Eleven opened at the corner of Avenue A and East 11th Street, to the, em, horror of many an East Villager. Or at least, to the horror of the folks who’ve been protesting the store’s construction site every Sunday: No 7-Eleven is calling for a 9 p.m. boycott rally tonight. More →
All day long, trick-or-treaters have been hitting us up for candy (our one pouch of Big League Chew went fast), but one thing’s for sure: we’re not getting hit as hard as our neighbors across the street.
F.K. Sweetland, a candy distributor at 152 Grand Street, has been around for 25 years (its faded sign still advertises “sports shakes” and “freeze pops”). Rocky Ksed, the place’s 29-year-old manager, inherited it from his father. On this late, rainy Halloween afternoon, trucks were still being loaded. More →
A Fight Club-themed bar called Durden opened last night in Nightingale Lounge’s former space on 13th and Second Ave (right near the forthcoming Westside Market), but don’t stop by expecting any soap outside of the bathroom or jeans stolen from a laundromat on display. The bar is movie paraphernalia-free, and the Master of Mayhem himself only appears once, as part of a mural that owner Eddie Sherman commissioned Masterpiece NYC to paint along the room’s right-hand wall. More →
First Brooklyn’s Union Market comes to Houston Street and now this: Westside Market — the family-owned supermarket chain known, among other things, for its funny cheese labels, is opening its first eastside store. According to a release, the bi-level store at 84 Third Avenue, on the corner of East 12th Street, will occupy 18,871 square feet in a new 9-story luxury rental building. That would be the Karl Fischer-designed building that caused Nevada Smiths to have to close its original location. Construction should be completed by early summer 2014. More →
Despite the flip-flops, Chris Miles had clearly come to his restaurant to work. He wore a pair of frayed camouflage shorts and a white “Connelly’s Rockaway Beach 2013” t-shirt that was peppered with holes, slightly exposing his tan skin. As he sat in a dining room full of unwrapped furniture, contractors worked diligently, installing new lights and booths in the bar area. The room was electric with determination.
On Oct. 17, nearly a year to the day that Sandy wiped out his seafood restaurant on Beach 129th Street, Miles and his business partner Bill Keating reopened the business as Pico, a Mexican eatery. It’s been a long time coming. A year ago, Sandy took dead aim at the neighborhood of Belle Habor, and filled Rockaway Seafood Co. with three feet of ocean. The storm’s massive tidal swells caused an electrical short and sparked a fire around 130th Street. While the fire didn’t consume the entirety of Miles’s business, it did kiss the rear of the building, burning out a storage room and a 15 by 20 foot section of the roof. More →
Steve Tarpin remembers the night that Hurricane Sandy destroyed his beloved Red Hook bakery, Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies. “By 6 p.m. the water was lapping up at my feet,” he recalls. “And we were still three hours away from high tide… I came back around 2:30 a.m., and had to drive through a fair bit of water. Took a quick look and realized there was absolutely nothing I could do. Came back in the morning, we were about three feet underwater.” More →
1963 was a big year for pizza on the Lower East Side. That’s when a 16-year-old Salvatore Bartolomeo first flipped a disc of dough at Rosario’s Pizza, which quietly celebrated its 50th anniversary yesterday.
The neighborhood has changed since then, as has the pizza joint’s Houston Street location (it’s now at 173 Orchard). So is Bartolomeo nervous about the recent and impending closures of Max Fish (being replaced by Sweet Chick), El Sombrero (being replaced by Artichoke Pizza), Motor City, and all the rest? Or does he plan to go as long as Katz’s, which is celebrating its 125th? More →
The name may be simple, but the menu at The Sandwich Shop aims to be more creative than its moniker.
The new Williamsburg, um, sandwich shop at 658 Grand Street aims to offer fancy takes on the traditional formula of bread plus meat plus cheese. Co-owner Ricardo Picon used the word “artisanal” in describing the menu, but these days that’s practically required by law for a Williamsburg establishment. More →