Restaurant Wrap: Dora, Banjo Jim’s, Cocoron, Spitzer’s Corner, Russ & Daughters

Cappucino at Dora on East Broadway

In neighborhood restaurant news today:

  • Get your late-afternoon cappucino a little earlier from now until Labor Day: Dora tells us via Facebook they will close at 4 p.m. until then.
  • Tonight’s the finale for music bar Banjo Jim’s in the East Village, EV Grieve reports. Next up at that location: artisanal cocktails.
  • Cocoron, the Delancey Street soba shop, draws the eye of the Wall Street Journal.
  • Serious Eats revisits Spitzer’s Corner’s hamburgers three years after its first review, and finds them in need of a higher grade of beef.
  • A new Vimeo video shows 90 seconds’ worth of life inside Russ & Daughters.
  • Bowery Boogie reports rumors of a new venture at the old Imperial Tavern on Ludlow Street.
  • Do food trucks need letter grades from the health department? The mayor thinks so, according to the WSJ’s Metropolis blog.

Weekend Music Picks

Here are musician Ken Beasley’s top music picks on the Lower East Side for this weekend:

Terre Roche

TERRE ROCHE – Fri, July 15 | 7PM at The Living Room

Since the mid-70s, the Roches have both collectively and individually played an essential role in the New York folk scene. A trio of sisters, Terre, Maggie, and Suzzy, the Roches are known for their super tight harmonies, playful spirit and wholly original take on song composition.

Over the years, each sister has at one time or another stepped out on her own to record solo albums, act in films or teach music. Terre, a soprano and an excellent guitarist, will be playing at the Living Room on Friday, performing songs from her projects Sound of a Tree Falling, Us an’ Them, and Afro-JerseyFREE // 154 Ludlow St.

TLD Food Wire: Multiple Markets, Banjo Jim’s, Mexicue

It's week 2 of the Thursday afternoon LES Youthmarket at the corner of Grand and Bialystoker streets.

  • Stock your fridge this evening with farm-fresh vegetables from the second weekly installment of the new GrowNYC Youthmarket on Grand Street, open 3-7 p.m.
  • Send your taste buds on a tour at Saturday’s Hester Street Fair, where the lineup brings cuisines from around the globe.
  • Sunday’s New Amsterdam Market gets some slide-show love from Serious Eats.
  • EV Grieve reports that Banjo Jim’s, a beloved East Village Americana, blues and roots music venue, is morphing into an “artisanal cocktail bar.”
  • Mexicue food truck opened the first of its two stationary locations yesterday in Chelsea; Midtown Lunch offers a sneak peek at what the LES version bound for Forsyth Street later this year may look like.