New Year’s Eve on the LES, Part II

Last week, we started a collection of options for closing out 2011 with a bang here on the Lower East Side. New Year’s Eve is now two weeks from Saturday, so we’ve got another installment of ideas for the big night. Send us your event at tips@thelodownny.com and we’ll put it in the next roundup.

Click through for the latest list.

New LES Restaurant Anticipates Tidy Profit

Crain’s weighs in today with a piece on CO-OP Food and Drink, the new nightlife spot in the Hotel on Rivington.  Profiling co-owner Alan Phillips, reporter Tina Traster writes:

The restaurant represents a crowning moment in Mr.  Philips’ career. It is operated under the Guerrilla Culinary Group, which he co-founded in September 2010 with (partner Jason) Apfelbaum, who is also the CEO of Chef & Co. a corporate catering and event firm… “Opening a restaurant in a hotel is a blessing,” said Mr. Philips, who expects to gross $10 million this year. “With a free-standing restaurant, you’re on your own.” Hotels offer built-in marketing, foot traffic, exposure to tourism and a variety of revenue streams, including the bar, room service and catering, he says.

EV and C’town Beer, Co-op Food & Drink, Free Scoops

The proposed brewery at 14 Ave. B went before CB3 this week, but made the news for other reasons.

Wrapping up the week in Friday food news:

  • The planned East Village Brewery and Beer Shop on Ave. B at 2nd Street got nailed for appropriating Prime Meats’ menu and then apologized.
  • Meanwhile, in other beer news, you can now get growlers at a Chinatown newsstand.
  • Co-op Food & Drink is getting a lot of love this week: Guest of a Guest has shots of the opening party, and Grub Street offers a peek at the menu.
  • Stellina, the new dessert palace on Allen Street, will offer free scoops of its homemade sorbet and gelato on Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m.