Alias Set To Close Next Week; Black Crescent On Its Way

Alias, 76 Clinton St. Photo via Facebook.

Alias, 76 Clinton St. Photo via Facebook.

We have more this afternoon regarding the closure of Alias, the decade-old Clinton Street restaurant.  Last month, Janet Nelson and partners sent out an email to regular customers saying they were preparing to “hand over the proverbial baton to the next generation of entrepreneurs.”  Now a reliable source tells us the ownership team has signed a sale agreement with Richard Martin, who owns wholesale fish supplier Wild Edibles.  The company also owns an oyster and wine bar in Murray Hill. Back in April, Wild Edibles got the okay from Community Board 3 for a liquor license at 76 Clinton St., which is where Alias has operated since 2002.

Alias will be serving its last brunches this coming weekend. And then next week (Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday), they’ll be hosting three celebratory dinners. On Friday the 14th, Alias will be throwing a big farewell dinner.

The new restaurant will be called “Black Crescent.” There will be a selection of oysters plus quite a few small plates and specialty cocktails.  Items such as tuna tartar, pickled sardines, fluke crudo and blue crab salad will be offered.  More to come…


Alias on Clinton Street is Closing

Alias, 76 Clinton St. Photo via Facebook.

Alias, 76 Clinton St. Photo via Facebook.

Alias, which has been serving up comfort food on Clinton Street for a decade, makes a big announcement. In an email sent to regular customers this evening, the owners acknowledged the restaurant is closing soon:

It’ll soon be official – After 11 years on Clinton Street, we’ve decided to retire Alias Restaurant and hand over the proverbial baton to the next generation of entrepreneurs.  However, before this happens and in traditional Alias fashion, we’d like to celebrate with you and thank you, our friends and neighbors, who’ve helped to make our business the success that it has become over the last decade.  So please do drop in as often as you can over the next few weeks as we pull out all the stops and celebrate all that Alias the “Fresh Friendly Neighborhood Restaurant” has become known for – our famous brunch, our incredibly great value blue plate, our amazing dinners, our great cocktails etc……

Alias Starts a “Summer Sunday Crab Boil”

If you haven’t heard, Alias (76 Clinton Street) is hosting a “Sunday Summer Crab Boil.”  For $25 you get to feast on Maryland crabs, corn on the cob, potato salad and corn bread.  They started the messy affair last weekend.  The deal is even better if you’re a member of the Zip Card local discount program.  You get 20% off plus 10% off the rest of your check.  To make a reservation, click here or call 212 505 5011.  If you’re interested in getting your own Zip Card, there’s more information here.


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Business is good at Alias.

Peek at 74 Orchard, LES Food Tours, Dragon Fruit, Falai

Renovations were in the works this week at 74 Orchard St., the former home of Bunny Chow.

It’s been a really busy week on the LES restaurant scene. The health department shut down The National Underground. The Doughnut Plant made plans to expand. Cafe Grumpy opened. In other food news:

  • We took a sneak peek at the renovations inside 74 Orchard, the former home of the short-lived Bunny Chow and the future home of an as-yet-unnamed burgers and fish-and-chips joint backed by the owners of Los Feliz.
  • The Tenement Museum’s Annie Polland talked about German beer halls of old and the Lower East Side food tours beginning next week.
  • Dragon fruit is making its way onto American menus, and the chef at Alias says, “It looks like something out of Star Wars, like Jabba the Hut would be eating.”
  • Iacopo Falai is expanding his LES empire with a new trattoria at 77 Clinton St.

A New Face in the Kitchen at Alias


Marcellus Coleman. Photo credit: Chef Charlie Palmer's Flickr feed.

A veteran of Aureole, WD-50 and Eleven Madison Park is joining neighborhood favorite Alias. Marcellus Coleman has been the featured chef at the Clinton Street restaurant’s popular Monday “pop-up” dinners (in fact- he’s in the kitchen again tonight). Starting May 5, Coleman will be at Alias permanently.

Alias partner Tony Powe tells us Coleman will be teaming up with them to spruce up “the existing menu with seasonally inspired dishes that will shake your taste buds whilst maintaining the great value (the restaurant) is known for.” The $10 burger and nachos stay as does the three-course, $30 Sunday supper and the weeknight $20 blue plate specials. But Tony says there will be “some great twists and new dishes on both the lunch and the dinner menu.”

By the way, there are a few spots open for tonight’s pop-up dinner. On the menu: lacquered pork belly with wheat berries, summer squash, almond, chamomile, pickled apricot jus; a poached egg with white and green asparagus, horseradish gremolata, meyer lemon; and green garlic soup (among other tasty morsels). The cost is $40. Go to Alias’s web site for more details.


Food Wire: Souvlaki GR, Hawa Smoothies, Alias

In today’s food news:

  • Food truck sensation Souvalki GR opens its brick-and-mortar outpost at 116 Stanton Street. They’re serving lunch and dinner – and will soon add delivery. Have a look at the menu here.
  • La Newyorkina will be returning for opening day at the Hester Street Fair.
  • Chef Joe Pasqualetta is about to open his own restaurant “Rucola” in Boerum Hill.  But you can preview his menu tomorrow night at Alias. RSVP required.

Rooftop Dining, “Pop-Up” at Alias, the Essex Party

Rooftop dining at Silkstone, a restaurant scheduled to open on Orchard Street later this year.

What’s happening on the Lower East Side food front? Quite a lot!


Cusine: American
Address: 76 Clinton St./map
Phone: 212-505-5011
Hours:  Tue-Thu, 11am-4pm and 6pm-11pm; Fri, 11am-4pm and 6pm-midnight; Sat, 11am-3:30pm and 6pm-midnight; Sun, 10:30am-3:30pm and 6pm-10pm; Mon, closed.
Menu/web site
Reservations: yes
Delivery: yes

A pioneer on Clinton Street that’s still a neighborhood favorite.  The low-key spot offers an eclectic American menu that features one of the LES’s better burgers, comfort food staples such as brisket and roast chicken and a taco plate with your choice of fish, chicken or veggies. Thuesday-Thursday there’s a nightly “blue plate special” that includes an entree, a glass of wine or beer and dessert for $20.


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