CB3 Panel Supports Liquor Licenses for Mexicue, Experimental Cocktail Club, Rivington Japanese Spot

Food truck Mexicue signed a lease for 2,000 square feet on Forsyth Street.

Eater sweated it out at last night’s Community Board 3 meeting, listening as a couple of dozen liquor license applicants outlined their plans for new restaurants and bars on the Lower East Side.

According to their report, the French team behind Experimental Cocktail Club won support for their plan to take over the Kush space at 191 Chrystie. They are apparently dreaming up some recipes paying homage to the neighborhood’s culinary roots, including a pickled martini and a smoked salmon bloody mary.

The panel also signaled its approval for Saro (the Eastern European bistro at 102 Norfolk) to upgrade to a full bar.   Mexicue, which plans to open a spot at 106 Forsyth, got the go-ahead for a beer/wine license. Same goes for Gaia, the Italian cafe on East Houston, and Top Hops, a craft beer take-out shop (with a tasting table) going into 94 Orchard.

The committee signed off on the transfer of a wine/beer license from the defunct Sushi Uo (151 Rivington) to Yopparari, also a Japanese restaurant. According to their application, the menu includes Japanese noodles, rice, tofu, fish and grilled meats.  This place plans to be open for dinner until 2 a.m.

The CB3 committee’s recommendations must now be approved by the full board.  The State Liquor Authority has the final say; community board opinions are one of many factors the SLA commissioners consider.


Restaurant Wrap: Ellabess, Falai, Dora

In today’s Lower East Side restaurant news:

  • Eater has a sneak peek at the menu at Ellabess, the new restaurant in the not-yet-opened Nolitan Hotel.
  • Serious Eats goes in search of the perfect “green” sandwich on East Broadway.
  • Culture Fix has another DINNERfix event coming up next week: Opposites Attract.

A Summer Celebration at Nom Wah Tea Parlor

Nom Wah Tea Parlor proprietor Wilson Tang emailed us last night with news of a little get-together at his newly renovated Doyers Street restaurant. Everyone’s invited to stop by July 27th for a “Summer Get Down in Chinatown,” co-sponsored by Wilson and Craig Nelson, the creator of the new Chinatown Chowdown iphone/ipad App.  You can check out the Facebook events page for more info.  In other tea parlor news, the restaurant will be staying open later on Fridays and Saturdays (until 10 p.m.) to satisfy your late night dim sun cravings.

Mars Bar Shuttered, City Pays Diabetic Woman $125,000, Cops Target Produce Vendors

  • The Department of Health shutters the Mars bar, which as the whole world knows, was closing anyway (EV Grieve, Runnin’ Scared).
  • The city agrees to pay Jaime Rutkowski, a diabetic who was thrown to the ground outside a Ludlow Street bar, $125,000. Her crime: smoking a joint (NYT).
  • Charges against a Buddhist nun arrested on Canal Street for selling beads have been dismissed (DNA Info).
  • Cops crack down on Forsyth Street fruit and vegetable vendors (Post).

Good Morning!

At Play

Tompkins Square Park. Photo by C. Merry; wwww.lesnycwindow.blogspot.com.

Another scorcher today. Look for mostly sunny skies and a high of 93.  On The Lo-Down today, our profile of Hillman Housing President Aaron From,  an update on the controversial proposal to create a Business Improvement District in Chinatown and a look at what’s new on the Lower East Side restaurant scene. Remember to check out our Calendar for updated Lower East Side happenings — and to submit your own events.