LES Bites: Ivan Ramen Approaches, Antonioni’s Slideshow, Tea at NuMu

Ivan Orkin's restaurant at 25 Clinton St. is nearing completion.  Photo by Alex M. Smith.

Ivan Orkin’s restaurant at 25 Clinton St. is nearing completion. Photo by Alex M. Smith.

It’s a newsy week on the Lower East Side restaurant scene. Some midweek headlines:

  • In a very personal interview, ramen guru Ivan Orkin tells The Daily News his Clinton Street spot will open later this month.
  • Eater has a slideshow of Antonioni’s, the new Chrystie Street Italian eatery from the team behind Cafe Gitane.
  • Afternoon tea is a thing right now: Time Out New York samples the options at the Hester Street Cafe at the New Museum, where you get a choice of seven varieties of loose leaf, four kinds of mini sandwiches, and sweets by Cafe Grumpy.
  • New York magazine is out with its 2014 best of the city issue, and there are lots of LES spots on its list: Taquitoria and Mission Cantina star in the Cal-Mex category, and Fung Tu gets a nod for its whole fish.
  • Open City Mag takes an in-depth look at the city’s restaurant inspections system, specifically how it intersects with ethnic cuisine, with a focus on Chinatown and also an interview with Yunnan Kitchen proprietor Erika Chou.
  • Katz’s Deli is suing a food truck called Katz & Dogz, claiming trademark infringement.