Dan Black Makes a Splash at Le Baron

Dan Black at Le Baron. Photo by Amanda Segur.

A stylish, excited and absolutely not sober crowd packed Le Baron Monday night for musician Dan Black’s private show. After the success of his song “Symphonies” featuring downtown Lower East Side party boy turned superstar Kid Cudi, UK native Black made his own downtown splash in the Absolut Encore concert series.

Le Baron’s décor is a mixture of 1920’s Shanghai opium den opulence mixed with futuristic touches—neon lights, disco ball, smoke machines and what appeared to be a glowing pink robot near the stage. The setting was perfect for Black’s sound: defiant, dance-y electronic beats with his soaring vocals and sometimes rap inspired rhyming.

More on Cafe Petisco’s Decision to Seek Full Liquor License

Cafe Petisco, 189 East Broadway.

The other day we noted that Cafe Petisco, the 5-year old neighborhood restaurant at 189 East Broadway, is applying for a full liquor license.  Right now customers can order beer and wine but no hard liquor.  Yesterday afternoon we spoke with Billy Choi, a manager at Petisco, who explained what the owners have in mind. The idea, he said, is not to set up a full-scale bar (the booze probably won’t event be visible) but to offer a few specialty drinks to go along with brunch and dinner offerings.

LES Bites: Nordic Preserves in the Essex Market, S’Mac Delivers, Todd’s Mill

Here’s what’s new on the Lower East Side food front:

  • As we mentioned in September, Anikka Sunvik (remember White Slab Palace on Delancey Street?) has a new venture in the Essex Street Market.  Nordic Preserves, Fish & Wildlife opened next door to Heritage Meats today.  She and partners John Lavelle and Lu Rapunil got the FloFab treatment in the Times this morning.  The Scandanavian-accented business will feature house-made “herring, gravlax, meatballs, sauces, pickles and potted game.”  These days the city (which operates the market) is requiring new vendors to also take production space at La Marqueta in Harlem.  This is where Nordic Preserves is preparing their menu items.  To celebrate the opening, Sunvik will be pouring glogg on Sunday.
  • Mac and cheese for dinner? S’Mac in First Park is now delivering; just dinner for now but lunch service will be added in the near future.
  • Eater features the new menu at the new American bistro, Todd’s Mill, that recently opened at 162 Orchard Street.
  • East 6th Street has a new ramen joint. The Local has a look at the menu.


Feds Provide Money For Post-Sandy Food Program; 10002 Zip Code Included

The National Guard delivered emergency food supplies to Knickerbocker Village in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

It was a common sight on the Lower East Side in the days after Hurricane Sandy: National Guard troops and other aid workers distributing food to those in need.  Now residents still trying to get back on their feet will be getting some additional assistance.  Yesterday Congressional representatives announced they’ve secured $200 million in Sandy recovery money.  Included in this initial distribution is $13 million from the Agriculture Department for storm victims who would normally not be eligible for food stamps.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is coming to areas of New York hardest hit by the storm, including the 10002 zip code, incorporating a large swath of the Lower East Side. Residents living in the impacted areas can apply for help through December 18 at 495 Claremont Avenue in Brooklyn.

Morning Reads: Would-Be Rapist Sentenced, Waterfront Building Boom, Dash Snow Fundraiser

  • A man is sentenced to five years in connection with an attempted rape in the East Village last year (Post).
  • The mayor yesterday presided over the groundbreaking at Hudson Yards, a massive development project which is (partially) located within the 100 year flood plain.  Has Sandy caused a reassessment of the city’s waterfront development agenda? Not really (NYT).
  • A star-studded dinner is being held at Art Basel in Miami to benefit the Dash Snow Initiative and Henry Street Settlement’s Boys and Girls Republic (NBC Miami).
  • The Museum of Chinese in America is planning an exhibition of Chinese-American designers in the spring (WWD).


Good Morning!

East Houston Street near Essex Street.

Partly cloudy today with a high of 55.

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