New Year’s Eve on the Lower East Side

Sons of Essex will celebrate its first New Year's Eve this year.

The last night of 2011 is three weeks from Saturday. Have you bought your noisemakers yet? No? Well, no problem, you can always get those at the last minute. But what you can’t get at the last minute is dinner reservations and party tickets. Here at The Lo-Down, we’re starting to collect tips on the New Year’s Eve events and offerings at a few neighborhood haunts. Drop us a line if you know of others at tips@thelodownny.com. One note about the calendar: New Year’s Eve falls on a Saturday night this year. That means no special exemptions for establishments to keep the parties going past 4 a.m., since the state liquor laws kick in on Sunday mornings. (More on that from BlackBook’s Steve Lewis here.)

Click through for a list of what we know so far.

First Prize Pies, Hester Street, New Amsterdam, Rooftops

First Prize Pies returns to the Hester Street Fair this weekend.

Lots of neighborhood food news this week. Here’s today’s installment:

  • Allison Kave of First Prize Pies talks to Huffington Post about baking 50 pies a week for sale at Roni-Sue’s in Essex Market and online, plus dozens of minis for the Hester Street Fair, where she returns on Saturday.
  • Speaking of the Hester Street Fair, the full line-up for this weekend–with plenty of sweets in the mix–is here.
  • Continuing a busy weekend of outdoor artisan food events, the New Amsterdam Market debuts its 2011 season Sunday.
  • Time Out New York kicks off its On the Rooftop summer series Tuesday night at Above Allen, at the Thompson LES hotel.
  • Roma Pizza at Essex and Delancey is closed for two months for renovations.

Food Wire: Eddie Huang, Stellina, Peels, Meatball Shop, Bowery Beef, Above Allen

Meatball Shop owners Michael Chernow & Daniel Holzman shortly after setting up shop last spring.

Here’s the midweek roundup of food news around the neighborhood.

  • LES “food personality” Eddie Huang makes Time, whose Josh Ozersky asserts: “Huang gets by on a cocktail of personality, hustle, some luck, some cooking ability, but most of all a really compelling ability to communicate who he is to the world.”
  • The NYT’s FloFab says Stellina, the new dessert parlor by the folks at Sorella, will open Sunday on Allen Street.
  • In a one-year anniversary Q&A with Eater, Meatball Shop guys Michael Chernow and Daniel Holzman dish on their expansion to Williamsburg and the West Village, and how they feel about imitators.

Meeting Tonight to Discuss “Thompson LES” Noise

20090526_shangpool_560x240 This evening at 630pm there will be a community meeting to discuss complaints about late night noise from the Thompson LES Hotel on Allen Street. The hotel is home to the rooftop club "Above Allen" and the restaurant "Shang." The club features a rooftop swimming pool (see above).

Representatives from the hotel and the NYPD will be on hand to hear what people in the neighborhood have to say. Until the recession hit Manhattan, there was a boutique hotel building boom downtown. Rather than relying solely on booking guest rooms, the hotels became nightlife destinations — attracting big crowds and late night noise.

In a 2007 interview with the New York Sun, Thompson LES developer Michael Pomeranc downplayed the hotel's impact on its neighbors: "Since this will predominantly cater to people staying in the hotel, it will keep a serene atmosphere in the neighborhood." The meeting will be held in the Raphael Hernandez Community Room at 189 Allen.

Meeting Tonight to Discuss “Thompson LES” Noise

20090526_shangpool_560x240 This evening at 630pm there will be a community meeting to discuss complaints about late night noise from the Thompson LES Hotel on Allen Street. The hotel is home to the rooftop club "Above Allen" and the restaurant "Shang." The club features a rooftop swimming pool (see above).

Representatives from the hotel and the NYPD will be on hand to hear what people in the neighborhood have to say. Until the recession hit Manhattan, there was a boutique hotel building boom downtown. Rather than relying solely on booking guest rooms, the hotels became nightlife destinations — attracting big crowds and late night noise.

In a 2007 interview with the New York Sun, Thompson LES developer Michael Pomeranc downplayed the hotel's impact on its neighbors: "Since this will predominantly cater to people staying in the hotel, it will keep a serene atmosphere in the neighborhood." The meeting will be held in the Raphael Hernandez Community Room at 189 Allen.