Alan LeNoble spotted some activity outside Diller, the long-delayed fried pickle spot from the Pickle Guys. Permanent signage was going up yesterday at 357 Grand St. According to the Seward Park Co-op, which owns the commercial space, Diller has been so slow to open because ConEd needs to increase the capacity of the gas lines leading to the restaurant. The fried pickle concept was first announced in January of 2017. The Pickle Guys, by the way, will be back open today following the Yom Kippur holiday.
The Pickle Guys moved across the street to 357 Grand St., earlier this year and went to work on setting up an adjoining fried pickle restaurant. Tomorrow, owner Alan Kaufman and company will be throwing a grand opening celebration inside the beloved Lower East Side store.
It all happens at 1 p.m., with free samples and tastings.
Kaufman and co-owners William Soo and Michael Chu will be joined by a team from the local non-profit, Asian Americans for Equality. AAFE’s affiliate, Renaissance Economic Development Corp., helped the Pickle Guys move into the upgraded space. . The organization facilitated a low-interest small business loan, according to a news advisory.
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.
357 Grand St.
Don’t worry. The Lower East Side is not losing its last retail pickle store. The Pickle Guys has been a fixture at 47 Essex St. for more 12 years. Now owner Alan Kaufman is opening a new outpost at 357 Grand St., right across the street.
According to a memo sent this afternoon from management of the Seward Park Co-op, the property owner, Kaufman has leased a space currently occupied by a legal and tax office. The storefront is located on the southeast corner of Grand and Essex streets. The memo indicated that the legal/tax firm will be taking over a space at 365 Grand St. (currently being used by the “Popped” pop-up store).
In the past, co-op managers have touted the value of developing a food-centric corridor along this section of Grand Street. Several months ago, Kossar’s Bialys opened a renovated store at 367 Grand St. Doughnut Plant is ensconced at 379 Grand St.
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A Russ & Daughters Classic Bagel and Lox Sandwich, one of the many great prizes proffered, via gift certificate, at LES Trivia Night with The Lo-Down (photo via Lox Populi at russandaughters.com)
Did we mention there are some fantastic local prizes to be had at our LES Trivia Night tomorrow evening? Along with tasty snacks and great drink specials on hand, winners of each round of trivia will be treated to some great LES staples, including free movie passes from the Sunshine Cinema, pickle gift certificates from The Pickle Guys, a book basket brimming with books from the Tenement Museum’s bookstore and to top it all off, Grand Prize winners will garner a Russ & Daughters gift certificate for a bagel sandwich!
Join us with the Tenement Museum at Fontana’s! We look forward to enjoying a fun evening on the LES. FREE // 6:30pm // 105 Eldridge Street.
The only kosher pickle store in the former “pickle district,” Alan Kaufman’s small shop has it all: new pickles, sour, half sour — plus picked tomatoes, olives, peppers, mushrooms, etc. You can pick up a snack to much on your way down Essex Street or order a variety of platters for large gatherings.
49 Essex, near Grand
Hours Sun-Thu, 9am-6pm; Fri, 9am-4pm; Sat, closed