LES Bites: Craft Beer Festival, L’Apicio on 1st Street, Dorie Greenspan Makes Friends

Our roundup of Lower East Side restaurant/food news:

  • The New York Craft Beer Festival will be taking place Saturday at Basketball City (Pier 36).  They’ll be holding a Sandy supplies relief drive.  More info here.
  • The Local EV reports: the Mile End outpost on Bond Street is once again serving smoked meats.  Their Red Hook production facility was destroyed during Hurricane Sandy.
  • Adam Platt of New York Magazine reviews L’Apicio, the new pasta-centric restaurant from Gabe Stulman and Joe Campanale on East 1st Street.
  • EV Grieve hears that St. Mark’s Place sushi spot Natori is closing.
  • We didn’t get around to posting this one last week, so here it goes; Serious Eats tours the Essex Street Market with its newest vendor Dorie Greenspan.


Hester Holiday Market Opens on Mott Street This Weekend

Our friends at the Hester Street Fair are kicking off their holiday market this coming weekend.  The month-long event, held at 233 Mott Street (Prince), features some of the fair’s most popular artisans and food vendors, plus “DIY” workshops, a holiday lights show, an open bar serving hot spiced wine and other wintry beverages, a petting zoo and Christmas tree farm. On Saturday at 1 p.m., you can catch the “Light-o-Rama” synchronized light and music show, followed by a tree lighting ceremony at 4.  The Hester Holiday Market is open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. the next three weekends and every day the week of December 15th. Click here for a complete schedule and a full list of vendors.


Morning Reads: Storm Aid, Silver Critic, Museum Opening

  • In asking for billions of dollars in federal aid, the governor says the economic impact of Hurricane Sandy was worse than Katrina (NYT).
  • Upstate Republican Assemblyman Steve Katz urges colleagues not to re-elect Sheldon Silver as Speaker (Capitol Confidential).
  • The Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space opens this weekend (EV Grieve).
  • East Village synagogues have, of course, dwindled, but rabbis are still optimistic about the future (The Jewish Voice).


Good Morning!

Essex and Canal streets. Photo by Nancy Linn.

Rain and snow will be developing this morning, continuing until around 4 p.m. Look for a high of 38.

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