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A New Nook For Sushi and Chicken Hearts

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

East Villagers, if you’re searching for a new sushi standby following the closing of Sapporo East and Shima and the relocation of Sushi Lounge, newly opened Sushi Zayy might be a contender.

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).
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Joseph Latimore (Passerby, Panda) Has Opened Sensei, ‘For Artists and People Who Love Art’

Athena LaTocha's New Works, Installation View at Sensei Gallery. (Photo: Allyson Shiffman)

Athena LaTocha’s new works at Gallery Sensei. (Photo: Allyson Shiffman)

For every couple of dozen unpleasant openings and closings in LES, there’s one that manages to restore our faith in the neighborhood, if only for a glorious moment. Gallery Sensei, a 2,000 sq. ft. gallery and arts event space at 278 Grand Street, is one such opening. The permanent outpost of the art project of the same name, Sensei promises exhibitions, art events and even booze! Yes, there’s a charming bar in the back of the space ideal for discussing the works on view or how much your rent has gone up this month.
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‘The Room’ Is Now Showing (No, Not the One You Throw Spoons At)

Minjung Kim, The Room, 2008, mixed media on rice paper affixed to panel, courtesy the artist and Oko

Minjung Kim, The Room, 2008, mixed media on rice paper affixed to panel, courtesy the artist and Oko

What appears to be an infinite black vortex in the miniscule space nestled between the Asian restaurants on East 10th Street are actually the detailed paintings of Korean artist Minjung Kim. Entitled “The Room” (not to be confused with the Tommy Wiseau flick that’s always playing at Sunshine) the exhibit is the artist’s first solo show in New York in over a decade, and it could not have found a more appropriate home than Oko, the nondescript East Village gallery known for its immersive art experiences.
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Third Rail Coffee Very Quietly Opens On a Very Quiet Block

When he moved to New York City 21 years ago, Third Rail Coffee owner Humberto Ricardo would take the scenic route to the subway from his apartment in Alphabet City, so he could walk down Stuyvesant Street, one of the oldest streets in the city.
“Basically, I fell in love with it,” he says. Six years ago, when Ricardo began making plans to open a coffee shop, he dreamed of securing a location on Stuyvesant.
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