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Restaurant Report Card: August 2011

Each month, on the second Wednesday, we post a report of restaurants in the 10002 ZIP code that scored 28 points or more–the equivalent of a “C” grade–on their health department inspections the previous month. We also call out establishments that excelled, by earning three points or fewer. August proved a difficult month for several notable local restaurants—among them, Beauty & Essex, Kuma Inn and Falai (which is now closed)—as well as a handful of popular nightlife spots, such as White Star, Gallery Bar and Foundation (which was shuttered after an Aug. 19 inspection).

For details on how the city grades food establishments, see the guide (PDF). Because of the way the city’s online search function operates, we cannot link directly to individual reports here, but you can visit the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s website, type in the name of any restaurant and view the details of inspectors’ findings for all recent visits. For past months’ reports, see our Restaurant Report Card archives.

Here’s the report for August.

Food Wire: Goat Town, Dining on Mulberry, Ribs & Brews with Martha!

Martha Stewart and Chris Santos of Beauty & Essex talk ribs and brews.

In this morning’s food news:

  • In the Voice, Robert Sietsema writes about the resurgence of the French bistro, as evidenced by the presence of places like Goat Town, the new spot on East 5th Street.
  • The Voice also talks up the culinary renaissance on Mulberry Street. Rubirosa, Torrisi Italian Specialties and Balaboosta are featured.
  • The veggie burgers at Tiny’s and Alias get a thumbs up in the Times.

Food Wire: Beauty & Essex, Imperial Tavern, Stellina

Imperial Tavern: still closed.

In Lower East Side food news:

  • Fork in the Road notes that Imperial Tavern has not reopened, in spite of a sign in the window suggesting the new Ludlow Street party spot would resume operations February 14th.
  • Bowery Boogie reports Stellina, the bakery/gelato emporium next to Sorella, will be opening soon.
  • Serious Eats proclaims “Tasty Dumplings” on Mulberry Street the tastiest dumplings in Chinatown.

Check out these restaurants, and more, on our fabulous Food Page.

Food Wire: Bowery Beef, Gaia Cafe, Beauty & Essex

Beauty & Essex.

In Lower East Side food news:

  • EV Grieve and the Village Voice have the (rather amusing) scoop on Bowery Beef, the new restaurant opening in the Bowery Poetry Club next week.
  • The Voice profiles Gaia, an Italian cafe that just opened on East Houston.
  • Metromix sizes up Beauty & Essex: “Every neighborhood has to grow up. Beauty & Essex is the kind of place you can bring your best client or your uptown arm candy to, without feeling like you’re betraying the neighborhood’s soul.”
  • Bowery Boogie hears Andy ‘n’ Bao, the latest Michael Huynh concept at 154 Orchard, should be opening in a couple of weeks.

Beauty & Essex

Once home to M. Katz & Sons Furniture, Beauty & Essex is the much anticipated second act from Stanton Social mastermind Chris Santos. The place features a pawn shop façade as well as four dining rooms, two bars, and a retro ladies’ lounge. On the menu: a raw bar, “jewels on toast” (bone marrow, whipped ricotta, etc.), bánh-mì-style spring rolls, chicken-fried oysters, lobster tacos,  buttermilk-fried chicken, veal short ribs, chicken meatballs, garganelli, and a selection of steaks as well as a burger served with duck-fat fries.

146 Essex Street, near Stanton


Hours: dinner only for now; expanded hours in 2011

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