Rabbit House Adds Second Location at 41 Essex St.

Photo from Rabbit House's Facebook page.

Photo from Rabbit House’s Facebook page.

Rabbit House, the little Japanese-style tapas/sake spot across from Sara D. Roosevelt Park, is opening a second location at 41 Essex St.

The restaurant will make its official debut in August, but in the meantime, the new Rabbit House will be operating as a “pop up” with special menu items.  Owner/Chef Yoshiko Sakuma explains in her monthly newsletter, “the new restaurant will be the same exact Japanese dining concept as our first but bigger and with a full bar!”

Sakuma has worked at some of the best restaurants in town, including Bouley, Aureole and Danube. The New Yorker praised the original Rabbit House, located at 76 Forysth St., in January of 2017, praising the “exquisite wisp of a sake bar” for its house sake and sake flights.

You can have a look at the food menu here.

Beer Fridge Opens at 41 Essex St.

41 Essex St. Photo via Beer Fridge's Facebook.

41 Essex St. Photo via Beer Fridge’s Facebook.

There’s a new player in the Lower East Side growler game.

Over the weekend, we heard from Cat DiPaci, who just soft opened a place called Beer Fridge NYC at 41 Essex St.  It’s a specialty craft beer shop, “dedicated to promoting the greater New York beer scene.”

You can create your own six packs or purchase bottles or cans individually.  There’s a growler filling station with limited releases on tap (you can also have a taste). Cat says her goal is to make buying beer educational and fun.

We’ll have more details when the Beer Fridge has its official opening.

The shop joins Malt & Mold and Top Hops, which also specialize in growlers and craft beers.