LES Bites: Cider Week, An Inside Look at Yopparai & Azasu, Jewish Food

Taste the bounty of upstate New York's apple crop, coming to local bars and restaurants for Cider Week.

Taste the bounty of upstate New York’s apple crop, coming to local bars and restaurants for Cider Week.

In our weekly roundup: Cider Week NYC takes over taps, Jewish food in the U.K. and speakeasies, the stories behind Yopparai and Azasu.

  • Cider Week NYC kicks off tomorrow at locations throughout the city. Delancey Street’s One Mile House kicks off the fun tomorrow night with a series of draft options. Also among those celebrating New York State’s booming apple beverage industry are Stanton Street newcomer Balvanera and three East Village restaurants: L’Apicio, Jimmy’s No. 43 and Northern Spy Food Co. (Coming in early 2015: the city’s first cider bar, Wassail, at 162 Orchard St.)
  • The UK Independent tours the LES’ Jewish food scene and finds it alive and kicking.
  • New York magazine checks in with Prune’s Gabrielle Hamilton on the occasion of her restaurant’s 15th birthday and the release of her cookbook, due out Nov. 4.
  • Fork in the Road visits “Jewish soul-food speakeasy” Kitty’s Canteen on Stanton Street.