Pig & Khao: You Gotta Try Those Lamb Ribs!

Pig & Khao on Clinton Street.

Clinton Street’s newest restaurant, Pig & Khao, has been getting lots of positive buzz lately. Just today the Village Voice published an entertaining q & a with the restaurant’s general manager, Mike Miloscia, who advises that good service comes to those who make an effort “not to be a dick.” He goes on to espouse the value of earning respect in a new neighborhood and making an effort to be nice to the locals.

Speaking of locals, neighborhood foodie Mitch Weinstein paid a visit to Pig and Khao recently. Here’s what he had to say about the the Southeast Asian newbie:

Employees Still Expect Pathmark Closing December 22; Two Bridges Plans Survey

Pathmark store, 227 Cherry Street.

Here’s an update on the situation at the Cherry Street Pathmark store, which is scheduled to close in less than five weeks.  When we stopped by yesterday, workers said they still believe the last day in business for the supermarket will be December 22nd (a date that is reflected on a hand-written countdown poster in the front window).   But anyone who’s tried shopping there recently knows operations are already being dialed down.  In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, most of the refrigerators remain bare, although a few frozen turkeys were available. There are signs up everywhere advertising deep discounts and warning, ‘all sales are final.”  It’s pretty clear the store is not being restocked.

Hotel on Rivington Owner Paul Stallings Meets the Neighbors

Hotel on Rivington, 107 Rivington Street.

In a 2008 Observer profile, Hotel on Rivington owner Paul Stallings called himself a “big fish in a small pond” and said he’d been on the “cutting edge” of the Lower East Side “transitioning into what it is.”  The members of the fledgling Lower East Side Dwellers Association would likely not argue with this assessment.  Last night, they came face to face, as Stallings and his team went before Community Board 3’s SLA Committee to renew the boutique hotel’s liquor license.

The LES Dwellers, a new block association making a stand against nightlife proliferation,  returned to CB3 a month after persuading the board to reject another license, for a new restaurant at 106 Rivington, just across the street from the trendy hotel.  Members of the organization complained about late night noise emanating from THOR’s three nightlife establishments (Viktor & Spoils, Co-op Food & Drink and the lobby lounge).  They said party-goers crowd the sidewalk, that delivery trucks and cars block the Rivington Street bike lane and that the hotel’s street-side windows are kept open past 10 p.m. (in violation of a previous agreement to shut them).

Morning Reads: Mary Help of Christians Site Sold, R. Kelly at the Sunshine, Sneaker Con on the LES

  • The owner of Steiner studios purchases a parcel on East 12th Street that includes the Mary Help of Christians Church for $41 million. A residential project is planned (The Local EV).
  • J. Ralph, the composer who worked on “Chasing Ice,” the global warming documentary, got a little taste of Hurricane Sandy inside his Lower East Side apartment (Los Angeles Times).
  • R. Kelly brings “Trapped in the Closet” to the Sunshine Cinema and hints about a possible Broadway rendition (Huff Post).
  • It was “sneaker heaven” at Basketball City this past weekend (Vibe).
  • Lucky Strike is still closed in the aftermath of Sandy (Eater).


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