Purse Snatcher Hits Katz’s, Clinton Street Baking Company

Police have released a surveillance video and are seeking help in finding a serial purse snatcher who’s struck several times on the Lower East Side in the past few months. The incidents have happened at Katz’s Deli and Clinton Street Baking Company.

Katz’s, where three of the four crimes have occurred,  gave the cops the video you see above. It was recorded September 30th, at 3:30 p.m.   The other incidents at Katz’s happened May 1st and May 28th. The suspect hit Clinton Street Baking Company June 17th.

The suspect, a black woman between the ages of 40-50, grabs purses that are slung over the back of chairs. DeDe Lahman, the owner of Clinton Street, told the New York Times there was another theft on September 20th that police did not mention in a news release put out yesterday. “Both times, she came in, cased the place, went to the bathroom and when she came out, grabbed a purse,” Lahman said. “She’s smart.”

The New York Post said the woman asked for a table at Clinton Street Baking Company under the name “Jones.”  “She waits outside a while to see if the place is busy, then comes inside and pretends to be a customer,” Gladys Bido, a waitress, said.

Anyone with info should call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.

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Wednesday’s food news around the neighborhood:

Food Wire: Fat Radish, Nom Wah Tea Parlor, Painkiller

Fat Radish earned one star in today's New York Times.

In Lower East Side food/restaurant news:

  • There are a few entertaining lines in Sam Sifton’s one-star review of Fat Radish: “a smart little joint out of a Jamie Oliver photo shoot;” “a restaurant for good-looking youngsters on their third jobs and second apartments, single and raging, with summertime Montauk shares and memories of Belize and Gstaad;” “To sit in its dining room as light plays off the huge mirror in back, candles flickering everywhere, eating rillettes and drinking wine, is to experience a small part of the New York that leads people here inexorably and always will.”
  • Painkiller, the tiki bar on Essex Street, has a huge new menu.

Taste of the LES: Clinton Street Baking Company

Today we’re beginning a new series leading up to the Grand Street Settlement’s “Taste of the Lower East Side,” coming up at the end of the month. We’ll be profiling many of the restaurants taking part in the event’s 10th year celebration, on April 29th at the Puck Building. We’re beginning with one of the neighborhood’s most popular restaurants, the Clinton Street Baking Company.

Clinton Street Baking Company

The Lower East Side’s brunch mecca, serving up delectable pancakes and perfect biscuits. The wait to get in on weekends (and many weekdays) is ridiculously long. Your best best: going for dinner. Don’t miss the fried chicken!

4 Clinton Street, near Houston


Open 8am-11pm Monday-Friday, Saturday 9am-11pm, Sunday 9-6pm

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