LES Bites: Grub Street Fest Returns, Mission Chinese Chef Spills, Fat Radish Recipes and Sake Tasting

Last year's Grub Street Food Festival.

Last year’s Grub Street Food Festival.

A few food and drink updates around the LES.

  • The ever-popular annual Grub Street Food Festival returns to the Hester Street Fair for its fifth year on Oct. 5; check out the vendor list here.
  • In light of Mission Chinese’s move, Grub Street looks at the phenomenon of restaurants that reversed the trend in a “cursed” space, including SakaMai, at 157 Ludlow St.
  • Milk & Honey, Sasha Petraske’s groundbreaking cocktail bar that launched on Eldridge Street and then moved to the Flatiron District, will be homeless next month and may come back downtown, the NYT reports.
  • Vogue dives into the new cookbook from Orchard Street’s The Fat Radish.
  • Yopparai, the 30-seat LES izakaya on Rivington Street, is collaborating with Katsuyama Brewery for a limited-time $90 prix-fixe menu with guided high-end sake pairings all week. A representative from the 300-year-old brewery, one of the most revered sake breweries in Japan, will be on hand to guide diners through the six-course tasting menu.
  • Citing violations related to vermin and cleanliness, the city’s health department inspectors have shut Congee Bowery, the Chinese restaurant at 98 Bowery, DNA Info reports. (Note: It is not related to Congee Bowery restaurant at 207 Bowery, whose sister restaurant is Congee Village on Allen Street.)