A small grocery store on Clinton St. just north of Delancey had plenty of fruit and vegetables this afternoon.
City, state and federal relief efforts are starting to take effect on the Lower East Side this afternoon. The National Guard, NYC Service and the Salvation Army are beginning to knock on doors in blacked-out high rises to help home-bound residents. Meanwhile, local businesses continue to rise to the challenge of being powerless for four days straight, including Lower East Side icons Russ & Daughters and Katz’s. Here’s what we know this afternoon about water, food and provisions, as well as local restaurants and bars that are welcoming diners.
- Beginning at 3 p.m. today, food and water distribution sites will open at the following locations: 10th Street between Avenues C and D, Catherine Street between Monroe and Cherry streets (Smith Houses playground), Pitt and East Houston streets (Hamilton Fish Park), Grand and Clinton streets (water only), Bowery and Division Street (Confucius Plaza).
- Con Edison began distributing dry ice in Union Square Park at 14th Street and Union Square West at noon today; until supplies last.
- Russ & Daughters, 179 E. Houston St., is open until 5 p.m. today.
- Katz’s, 205 E. Houston St., is open until 4 p.m. today and will be open tomorrow and every day until the power returns, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. They can cook with gas and have most of their menu, including pastrami and hot dogs. Yes, there are tourists there, but it’s not too crowded at the moment.
In Lower East Side food/restaurant news:
- Michael Huynh is changing the concept at 154 Orchard again. Bia Garden never caught on, so he planned a course correction, turning the place into an Asian tacos destination. Weeks after the new venture was supposed to open, however, Huynh tells Eater he’s changed his mind. The new plan: a Thai/Vietnamese restaurant called Andy ‘n’ Bao.
- Fatta Cuckoo on Clinton Street soft-opened this weekend. Via Twitter, they’re beckoning us to come by for cocktails (although we later found out they were closed Monday).
- Today at Baohaus: “$10 TV Dinner;” braised pork on rice, fish cakes with smoked ham hock, and eight treasure stir fry.
Photo via Grub Street.
Lots of catching up to do today, on the food/restaurant beat:
- Grub Street gets a look at the menus for Fatta Cuckoo, the seasonal Italian restaurant opening on Clinton Street next week. The chef is Brett Ackerman of Diner and Marlow & Sons in Williamsburg. Dinner entrees include: veal dumplings, ginger soy sauce glazed salmon and a ribeye with fries for $22.
- Grub Street also reports: Mixologist to the stars Sasha Petraske is no longer involved with White Star on Essex Street.
- Serious Eats samples the breakfast sandwich at Shopsin’s and finds it to be delicious, even though there’s an umbrella stuck on the top.
The tiny Italian spot on Clinton Street features seasonal ingredients (including vegetables from a backyard garden) and a Williamsburg refugee in the kitchen, Brett Ackerman of Diner and Marlow & Sons. Sandwiches and salads for lunch… pan roasted mussels, crab cakes and veal dumplings for dinner.
63 Clinton Street, near Stanton
Hours: daily 11am-2pm; weekend brunch 11am-5pm