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.” More →
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.
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.” More →
On the heels of Oddfellows coming to the East Village, another ice cream shop called Mikey Likes It is opening on Avenue A next month. No, Life cereal isn’t served. The name refers to founder Mike Cole, a lifelong resident of nearby Stuyvesant Town. More →
As we emphatically announced last month, the folks behind the notoriously debauched East Village gallery-slash-bar Lit Lounge are set to open a cafe-slash-nightclub in Bushwick. Well, that day has finally come… sort of. More →
Spiegel isn’t the only East Village newcomer that’ll soon be serving schnitzel. Yoni Erlich, 27, is aiming to open Schnitz this Friday with his sister, Donna, 28. And they’ve got big plans for the those pounded, breaded and fried cutlets.
“Schnitzel’s kind of like falafel 20 years ago — it was there, but people didn’t really know about it,” said Yoni. “We thought, ‘Why can’t schnitzel be the next falafal? Or the next meatball?'” More →
Forget Arabian/French, Japanese/Ukrainian or Swedish/Mexican — new neighborhood joint Spiegel is ditching the East Village trend of unexpected cuisine marriages and going simply “International.” “I grew up in Israel, I lived in New York for 13 years and traveled Central America,” says owner Shmulike Avital. “I picked up good stuff from all over.” More →
The interior of Urban Wines (photo: Allyson Shiffman)
Urban Wines. (Photo: Allyson Shiffman)
The opening of a new wine store is always cause for celebration, particularly if it boasts a healthy selection of bottles under $15, daily tastings and signage featuring Walter White. That’s precisely what you get with Urban Wines, which opened this past Saturday on First Avenue between Second and Third Streets.
“Every day I like to have a glass of wine,” says owner Jorge Arias. “So I open a bottle and share it with the customers.” More →
If the East Village didn’t already have enough restaurants which marry two seemingly disparate cultures, tonight it can add “Arabian French Bistro” Au Za’atar to the list. Located at 12th and A (in the space that previously housed Table 12), the restaurant’s menu certainly leans towards Arabian: there’s a range of traditional mezze (hummus, falafel, lamb tartare with scallion and mint) as well as grilled kebabs, various lamb dishes, and Tunisian cous cous served vegetarian or with lamb, merguez or chicken. More →
Taking over the space that previously housed Pudgie’s/Nathan’s/Arthur Treacher’s, the restaurant offers your regular soup/salad/sushi/sashimi/maki fare as well as a $40 omakase option. Things get interesting in the grilled chicken section, where there are copious options (thighs, hearts, neck, soft bone… pick your poison). More →