A Guide to Welcoming in the Year of the Dragon

The annual parade returns Sunday, Jan. 29; there are lots of other interesting events to celebrate the Year of the Dragon between now and then. 2011 file photo by Stephen Spera

The Year of the Dragon officially begins on Monday, Jan. 23, and the Chinese Lunar New Year celebration begins this weekend around Chinatown and the Lower East Side. We’ve collected a list of local events below; if we missed any, send us a heads-up at tips@thelodownny.com. In the meantime, Christina of Chinatown has a to-do list of preparations; they include “get a haircut.”

Food Wire: Eddie Huang, Stellina, Peels, Meatball Shop, Bowery Beef, Above Allen

Meatball Shop owners Michael Chernow & Daniel Holzman shortly after setting up shop last spring.

Here’s the midweek roundup of food news around the neighborhood.

  • LES “food personality” Eddie Huang makes Time, whose Josh Ozersky asserts: “Huang gets by on a cocktail of personality, hustle, some luck, some cooking ability, but most of all a really compelling ability to communicate who he is to the world.”
  • The NYT’s FloFab says Stellina, the new dessert parlor by the folks at Sorella, will open Sunday on Allen Street.
  • In a one-year anniversary Q&A with Eater, Meatball Shop guys Michael Chernow and Daniel Holzman dish on their expansion to Williamsburg and the West Village, and how they feel about imitators.

CB3 Panel Approves Cafe Charbon Transfer, Souvalki GR, Rejects La Vie

EV Grieve and Eater have the scoop from last night’s Community Board 3 liquor license hearing.  The big bombshell: Cafe Charbon (168 Orchard) is changing hands. “The team behind The Stumble Inn, Off the Wagon, Gin Mill, Jake’s Dilemma, Down the Hatch and The 13th Step” is taking taking over the space,” Grieve reported. No word on the new name or the concept. It’ll be open until 4am and have occasional dj’s. The SLA Committee approved the transfer unanimously.

Also last night, the owners of Barraza Foods (Jersey City) were approved to take over 198B Orchard, formerly Eddie Huang’s Xiao Ye. Taqueria Lower East Side will be open until 1:30am on weekends.

Souvalki GR had no trouble convincing the CB3′s panel to support a wine/beer license for their tiny storefront at 116 Stanton. The highly regarded food truck operators will close at 11pm, 1am on weekends.

Earlier in the evening, there was ugliness as Le Vie, the club at 64 East 1st Street, unsuccessfully lobbied for a license renewal. This one ended in accusations of racism. Grieve has the sordid details.

Eddie Huang Closes Xiao Ye After Four Loko Controversy

So much for Xiao Ye. Eater reports that Eddie Huang’s new restaurant on Orchard Street is shutting down, in the wake of the big all-you-can-drink Four Loko catastrophe.  A few nights after the event, the State Liquor Authority raided the restaurant, destroying the caffeinated malt liquor concoctions. But Eddie says that was not the end of it. The SLA has apparently been targeting Xiao Ye for underage drinking, fining the restaurant on three separate occasions. The liquor license has not been pulled, but it looks like the state was moving in that direction. Eddie tells Eater he’s clearing out 198 Orchard today. Some new projects are on the horizon. But for the moment, Eddie will be focusing on his first restaurant, Baohaus.

Xiao Ye Begins Delivery Tonight

From "Choice Eats"

Via Facebook we learn: Xiao Ye, Eddie Huang’s new restaurant on Orchard Street begins delivery tonight! A follow-up to Bao Haus, Xiao Ye offers Hunag’s renditions of classic Taiwanese dishes.  The very un-pc menu includes such items as: Buddha Sex Cabbage, Kim Jong’s Ill Noodles, Cheeto Fried Chicken and Taiwanese Flat Bootie Cake. The restaurant is located at 198 Orchard.  You can see the menu here or on Xiao Ye’s web site.

Food Fusion on the L.E.S. – Tonight at Tenement Talks

What looks to be a mouth-watering panel on “LES Food Fusion” with local chefs/business owners Eddie Huang (BaoHaus, Xiao Ye), Christina Seid (Chinatown Ice Cream Factory) and Mark Israel (The Doughnut Plant) is taking place tonight at the Tenement Museum as part of their Tenement Talks series. Jenny 8. Lee, New York Times writer and author of The Fortune Cookie Chronicle, will moderate. // FREE // 6:30p // 108 Orchard St.

Baohaus Owner Eddie Huang Unplugged

From "Choice Eats"

As Feast reported on Friday, the tiny Taiwanese steamed bun joint Baohaus is expanding, just four months after opening on the Lower East Side.  Chef/owner Eddie Huang is opening Crackhaus (yes that’s really the name), a full service restaurant on Orchard, somewhere between Houston and Delancey.

It’s been quite a ride for Huang. Great reviews and a stint on the Food Network has made him a popular guy (especially with investors, it seems). It just so happens, Huang is also a fairly prolific blogger (where does he find the time?)  After the news about Crackhaus made the rounds in the blogosphere on Friday, Huang chimed in with some thoughts (controversial ones) of his own. See excerpts from his post, after the jump: