Rizzo’s Fine Pizza Co. Joining Clinton Street’s Restaurant Row

An Astoria institution opens an LES outpost this summer.

LES Bites: Frankies 17, Rustic, Jeremy Lin Sundae!

Frankies, 17 Clinton Street. Photo by Takahi Rock, via Flickr.

This morning’s Lower East Side food news:

  • FloFab learns Frankies Sputino at 17 Clinton Street is about to undergo a transition. The cozy pasta-centric Italian favorite will be renamed “Francesca” and reimagined as a “Basque-style bar and restaurant serving pintxos, the popular tapas-style snacks from northeastern Spain.”  The restaurant will be closed on March 21st and reopened on March 23rd.  The chef will be Ryan Bartlow, who “spent two years cooking at the Michelin three-star Akelarre in San Sebastian, Spain.”  Maybe they’ll bring back lunch-time hours?
  • The Voice learns that the much-loved Bistro Truck is opening up a brick-and-mortar spot at 124 Ridge Street.  The place will be called “Rustic” and it will serve a “hearty Moroccan-inspired menu.”  Some menu examples: tripe stew, grilled lamb liver wrapped in crepinette, roasted whole lamb and sweetbreads. There will be backyard seating in warmer months.  Opening is scheduled for April 20th.
  • Cheesemonger Anne Saxelby shares some of her favorite Lower East Side spots with Edible Manhattan. One place she mentions, Kinski, is no more but it’s still a good read.


CB3′s SLA February Agenda: Beer at Snack Dragon, Liquor at Momofuku Milk Bar

Community Board 3 is out with its February agenda.  A look at the  SLA Committee docket (cruelly scheduled for Feb. 14th) reveals a few items of note:

  • The Snack Dragon taco shack hopes to get a beer and wine license although it’s within a resolution area.
  • Frankie’s Sputino, 17 Clinton, still looking to expand into the space next door.