Food Wire: Beauty & Essex, Imperial Tavern, Stellina

Imperial Tavern: still closed.

In Lower East Side food news:

  • Fork in the Road notes that Imperial Tavern has not reopened, in spite of a sign in the window suggesting the new Ludlow Street party spot would resume operations February 14th.
  • Bowery Boogie reports Stellina, the bakery/gelato emporium next to Sorella, will be opening soon.
  • Serious Eats proclaims “Tasty Dumplings” on Mulberry Street the tastiest dumplings in Chinatown.

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Food Wire: New Plan for 154 Orchard, Breakfast at Peels, Special at Baohaus

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.

Good Morning: Aces and Eights Shuttered, Grand Street Construction, Garden Activists Meet

Photo by Jennifer Strom

If you’ve walked past the bar Aces and Eights, 34 Avenue A, in the last couple of days, you might have noticed those tell-tale yellow signs indicating the business has been closed by “order of the Health Department.” Lo-Down contributing writer Jennifer Strom has been looking into what led to the closure. The chain of events she’ll detail later this morning makes for quite an illuminating story.