Photos courtesy of Verlaine.

New Mural at Verlaine Highlights Nelson Mandela’s Message of Love

Photos courtesy of Verlaine.

The national and international news headlines this summer have been pretty grim. The Michael Brown shooting in Missouri, the Staten …

Balvanera, 152 Stanton St., offers Argentinian cuisine from chef Fernando Navas. Photo by Miguel Castillo, courtesy of the restaurant.

LES Bites: Balvanera Kudos, 100 Montaditos Opens, SKINnY Bar & Lounge Returns

Some midweek food and drink news around the neighborhood. …

Fools Gold soft-opened at 145 E. Houston St. in May. Photo by Juren David, via the bar's Facebook page.

Fools Gold Celebrates Official Opening Tonight

If you’re a fan of craft beer and bourbon and haven’t yet had a chance to sample the wares at Fool’s Gold on East Houston Street, tonight’s your chance. …

The new Max Fish, 120 Orchard St.

Max Fish Almost Ready For Opening Night on Orchard Street



An unnamed applicant wants a liquor license for the double storefront just vacated by a kosher pizzeria.

Bar Applicants: Comfort Diner and a Venue TBD for Shalom Chai

There’s some big news for Grand Street on the upcoming agenda for Community Board 3′s liquor licensing subcommittee. …

Culturefix, 9 Clinton St.

Culturefix on Clinton Street is Closing After Tonight



Copper & Oak, 157 Allen St.

LES Bites: Copper & Oak Opens, Prosecco Ice Cream Special, Louie & Chan’s New Chef



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Liquor Applicants: Clinton Street Baking, Chinolita, Mr. Fong’s and More

Here’s a look at liquor license hopefuls going before the community board this month. …

Back on Orchard Street: Spur Tree's fish tacos.

LES Bites: Spur Tree Relocates, El Sombrero Renovates, Pop-ups, Fresh Veggie Options

Catching up on the restaurant and nightlife news around the neighborhood. …

The restaurant formerly known as Mole at 205 Allen St. is for rent.

LES Bites: Spate of Closings, Cheap Eats, Raise a Glass to Public Art

This pre-holiday week is hopping with restaurant and bar news around the neighborhood. …

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LES Bites: The Late Late Opens, Herring Season Starts, Rosette Happy Hour, Sweet Chick & Paulaner Lunch

It was a busy week in Lower East Side restaurant news: Cherche Midi prepared for its opening tonight, Wylie Dufresne announced wd~50 will close this fall, Katz’s defended itself against a Florida imposter and Shalom Chai kosher pizzeria went to court. But there’s plenty more to report before the week gets away from us. …

Not Ivan Ramen: Ochado Ramen and Tapas is now open on Orchard Street.

LES Bites: Ochado Opens, Yunnan Chef Interview, Hockey Watching

This week on the LES restaurant and bar beat: new and existing ramen, an in-depth chef interview, where to drink while you’re watching the hockey …

Epstein's, 82 Stanton St. Photo via the bar's flickr album.

Community Board 3′s June Liquor License Applications



Fools Gold soft-opened at 145 E. Houston St. in May. Photo by Juren David, via the bar's Facebook page.

LES Bites: Fools Gold Opens, Khao Man Gai in the NYT, Contra Guest Chefs

Heading into the weekend, here are a few food and drink updates:



The three-sided building with three addresses will soon be home to pizza on the ground floor and cocktails in the basement.

A New Dining Destination Emerges along Canal Street

The intersections where Ludlow and Orchard streets cross Canal and dead-end into Division are about to change.