Liquor License Applications: A Preview of February’s List

A new operator wants to serve alcohol at the home of the old White Slab Palace, which was shuttered by authorities last year.

Next month’s meeting of the Community Board 3 SLA committee has a full agenda of new and existing bars and restaurants seeking first-time licenses or upgrades. We got a sneak peek at the list at last night’s CB3 meeting.

There are several items that promise to draw high interest. Sam Chang’s Holiday Inn on Delancey Street, which is under construction, is applying for a full bar license. There’s a proposal from an applicant known as Mundo New York on the table for Oliva, the Spanish tapas bar at the corner of Houston and Allen that April Bloomfield flirted with and dropped. There’s also a new plan for the old White Slab Palace space at 77 Delancey St., where an applicant known as Bar North Group LLC wants a full bar permit.

The rest of the list is below; the meeting takes place Feb. 13 at 6:30 at the JASA/Greene Residences, 200 E. Fifth St. at Bowery. We’ll have more details as the applications are submitted in advance of the meeting.

LES Bites: Oliva, Pok Pok Wing, Slow Coffee, Nom Wah, Grand Street CSA, Booker & Dax

What's next for Oliva, the tapas place at Houston and Allen? April Bloomfield takes a pass.

Restaurant and bar news in advance of the weekend:

  • April Bloomfield is not taking over Oliva after all. (Eater National)
  • Is the new Pok Pok Wing on Rivington Street living up to all its hype? The first round of feedback is mostly good. (Eater)
  • Balancing good coffee with long prep times: a tour around the LES and East Village’s java shops. (DNA Info)
  • A behind-the-scenes slideshow of Nom Wah Tea Parlor. (SeriousEats)
  • The Grand Street CSA has new farmers for 2012; meet them and register for the new season at an event on Jan. 30. (GrandStreetCSA)
  • A visit to Booker & Dax, the new high-tech cocktail bar that just opened in the old Milk Bar space. (NYT)

Restaurant Report Card: December 2011

Teany Cafe on Rivington St. reopened this week after being shuttered by inspectors late last month.

Each month, we post a report of restaurants in the 10002 ZIP code that scored 28 points or more on their health department inspections, the equivalent of “C” grades under the city’s rating system. We also call out establishments that excelled, by earning 3 points or fewer.

For more details on how the city grades food establishments, see the guide (PDF). Because of the way the online search function operates, we cannot link directly to individual restaurant reports here, but you can visit the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s website, type in the name of any restaurant and view the details of inspectors’ findings for all recent visits. You can also read our Restaurant Report Card archives here.

Please note that restaurateurs are permitted to post a “grade pending” certificate while they appeal an unsatisfactory score, so those listed here may not currently display a “C” grade in their storefronts.

This week, the city council launched an initiative to evaluate the 18-month-old grading system, which has drawn plenty of ire from the restaurant and bar industry. Read more about that here.

Here’s the report for December.