LES Bites: Cafe Katja Dumplings, Snack Dragon’s For Sale, Contra’s Bread Basket

Semolina dumplings with poached eggs and roasted vegetables at Cafe Katja. Photo via Serious Eats

Semolina dumplings with poached eggs and roasted vegetables at Cafe Katja. Photo via Serious Eats

Some midweek restaurant news around the neighborhood:

  • Orchard Street’s Cafe Katja isn’t just for Austrian sausages: one of its best vegetarian dishes makes Serious Eats’ list of “26 must-eat dumplings.”
  • The New Yorker’s Table for Two column zeroes in on the bread issue in a mixed review of Contra, where it’s clear “you’re dealing with the cool kids.”
  • Bloggers from NYC Foodie visit East Broadway newcomer Rosette.
  • The owner of Ben’s Kosher Deli uptown tells The Jewish Forward a kosher restaurant can survive on Grand Street, even though “that neighborhood may not have the population to support it.”
  • Bowery pop-up Chez Jef gets some airtime over at Sign of the Pink Pig.