LES Food Roundup: Pickle Guys on the Move, Lucky Bee Brunch, Rabbit House Praise

The Pickle Guys, 357 Grand St.

The Pickle Guys, 357 Grand St.

Here’s what’s new on the Lower East Side restaurant/food scene as we kick off 2017:

–The Pickle Guys made the move across Essex St. just before the holiday. The prime corner spot at 357 Grand St. is fairly bare bones at the moment. There’s not much in the space other than those big pickle barrels you were used to seeing at 49 Essex St. A grand opening celebration will come later and a small restaurant is in-the-works. The restaurant will be a counter service operation featured fried pickles. According to Eater: “Burgers, chicken sliders, and beef sliders will also likely be on the menu.” There will be some limited seating. An April opening is anticipated.

The Lucky Bee has been open for almost a year on Broome Street. The Southeast Asian restaurant is celebrating the new year with weekend brunch service beginning this coming Saturday. Chef Matty Bennett says the brunch menu will be all about serving “perfect hangover food.” There will be a chicken burger with Sriracha mayo, daikon and cabbage slaw; steamed pork and sesame dumplings; and “Son-in-law Eggs,” made with avocado, fried chili, sweet fish sauce, Thai basil and fried shallot. Brunch will be served from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

At Eastwood , they’re getting ready for the fourth annual Burns supper Jan. 25. There’s a three-course meal plus live music and poetry. $50.

–Community Board 3 will meet Jan. 9 to review new liquor permit applications. Among the proposals that caught our eye: A new team looks to open a place called Bowery Craft House, at 293 East Houston St. (that’s where Ariel’s Latin Bistro is currently located). See the full agenda here.

The New Yorker checks out Rabbit House, an “exquisite wisp of a sake bar” on Forysth Street.

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Eastwood Settles in at 221 East Broadway

Sivan Harlap, Andrew States. Photo by The Lo-down.

Sivan Harlap, Andrew States. Photo by The Lo-down.

It’s been a couple of weeks since Eastwood opened for business at 221 East Broadway.  The new bar, run by Sivan Harlap and Andrew States, joins Pushcart Coffee and Malt & Mold in building a locally-owned, indie nitch in the historic “Mayflower Hotel” building at the corner of Clinton Street and East Broadway. The other day, we stopped by to find out how things are going.

Harlap and States, both musicians, poured a lot of creative energy into the design of this sun-splashed spot just down the street from Seward Park. He restored the original door; she made the lighting fixtures hanging over the bar, using old bike rims.  The colorful floor tiles, made of cement, are from Mexico but inspired by a floor Sivan noticed in Tel Aviv.  The bar and stools were designed for maximum comfort.

After Delay, Eastwood Bar to Open This Weekend at 221 E. Broadway

Eastwood, 221 East Broadway.

Eastwood, 221 East Broadway.

After a prolonged liquor license escapade, Eastwood bar has announced their official grand opening.  The team posted a photo of their license (beer and wine) on Facebook with the note, “We have a bar!!! Grand Opening Weekend Hours: Friday 7pm-4am, Saturday 3pm-4am!!” Owners Sivan Harlap and Andrew States renovated the space on the corner last year and have been ready to roll since January, but were held up after being denied a full bar approval by the State Liquor Authority.  The pair have been running their tasty fish and chip shop around the corner, in the space next to the bar, for the last couple months.

Eastwood’s Chip Shop Soft Opens at 221 East Broadway

Eastwood, 221 East Broadway.

If you pass by the intersection of East Broadway and Clinton streets with any regularity, you probably noticed something different in the last couple of days.  The metal gate is up at 221 East Broadway, revealing a brand new glass and wood facade at Eastwood, the bar being opened by Sivan Harlap and Andrew States.  While the main space is not yet operational, their “Chip Shop” around the corner on Clinton soft-launched yesterday.

As noted last week, the State Liquor Authority rejected Eastwood’s application for a full bar, ruling that the business is too close (less than 200 feet) from a church and a synagogue.  Harlap and States have now decided to go for a wine and beer license.  They’ll appear before Community Board 3’s State Liquor Authority Committee next month.  Beer and wine permits are not subject to the same rules regarding proximity to religious institutions and schools as full liquor licenses.

For now the Chip Shop is open for lunch and early dinner until around 8 p.m. There’s only one table and some counter space, so take-away might be your best option.  Today there was a relatively small menu, including a fresh fish sandwich, falafel, fish & chips, a salad with kale, apples and fennel and a squash, kale and white bean soup.


SLA Rejects Full Bar at 221 East Broadway

Eastwood is taking the ground-floor corner spot at 221 East Broadway.

There’s been a setback for Eastwood, the bar poised to open very soon at 221 East Broadway (Clinton Street).  The State Liquor Authority ruled yesterday that a new license cannot be granted at this location because the bar is less than 200 feet from at least one church.

In June of last year, Community Board 3 decided to support the full liquor application after a contentious debate.   Neighbors were divided; some spoke in favor of the establishment while others expressed concerns about noise and late night crowds.  One prominent opponent was Pastor Marc Rivera of Primitive Christian Church, located a block or so away from the proposed bar.

“Eastwood” Comes to 221 East Broadway in Late October/Early November

Eastwood Indiegogo from Miles Kerr on Vimeo.

Crowdfunding is all the rage these days. The latest small business owners to get in on the act are Sivan Harlap and Andrew States, who are opening a bar at 221 East Broadway this fall.  As you probably recall, their liquor license application stirred quite a lot of controversy back in June.  The video they’ve posted online offers a glimpse of the space, at the corner of East Broadway and Clinton streets, and a few other details.  The bar will be called Esstwood and they’re targeting a late October/early November opening.