LES Bites: Free Pizza, Yunnan Kitchen Expands, Cochinita Dos Happy Hour, Contra Chef

LES Bites: Fools Gold Opens, Khao Man Gai in the NYT, Contra Guest Chefs

Heading into the weekend, here are a few food and drink updates:

LES Bites: Cafe Katja Dumplings, Snack Dragon’s For Sale, Contra’s Bread Basket

LES Bites: Free Macarons, St. Paddy’s Day Crawls, Big Love for Contra Desserts

New Arrivals: Faded Royalty, Just ‘Cause Collective, El Rey

Here’s a a look at some of the recent openings on the Lower East Side. This feature first appeared in the November 2013 edition of our print magazine.

“Contra,” New Restaurant at 138 Orchard St., Goes For Wine & Beer

138 Orchard Street.

If Jeremiah Stone and Fabian Von Hauske have their way, this storefront at 138 Orchard Street will become “Contra,” a restaurant “inspired by their American, Asian and Mexican roots.”  The pair will go before Community Board 3’s State Liquor Authority Committee next month in support of a wine and beer license.

There will be 18 tables and a bar with seating for six people.  The restaurant will be open for dinner until midnight Wednesdays-Sundays.  In recent months Contra has held some “pop up” dinners at Zoe on Eldridge Street.  The sample menu submitted to the community board looks pretty ambitious.  A $55 summer tasting menu consists of dishes such as “Quinoa with a crudite of summer vegetables, lamb fat and burnt eggplant puree” and “Monkfish tail with squash, nasturtium leaves.”

A spring opening is planned.