After much anticipation, Veselka Bowery opens tomorrow night.
Some food headlines from around the neighborhood:
- Veselka Bowery plans to actually, finally open tomorrow. (Facebook)
- Speaking of the Bowery, Forcella, the new Neapolitan pizzeria out of Williamsburg, is gaining traction among pie-lovers. (Zagat)
- Masala Wala finally opened on Essex Street this week. (GrubStreet)
- Knishery NYC, the home-baking enterprise of LES resident Noah Wildman we wrote about last month, gets another close-up. (The Forward)
- Prosperity Dumpling faces off against Vanessa’s for sesame-pancake bragging rights. (Serious Eats)
- A Chinatown meat market on East Broadway denies selling dog meat in the wake of puppy mill investigation in Minnesota. (Gothamist)
JP on the prowl in Chinatown. Photos by Cynthia Lamb.
Editor’s note: Today we’re excited to introduce a new columnist. JP Bowersock is a Lower East Side resident, a professional musician and a genius in the kitchen. In “JP’s Food Adventures,” he’ll be introducing us to some of his favorite neighborhood food finds — including places to buy amazing cooking ingredients and great, affordable restaurants off the beaten path. Here’s his first column…
Six years ago my wife and I were facing a move from our beloved East Village apartment. She asked if I’d be willing to consider any other neighborhoods, as we were looking to buy in a skyrocketing market. Chinatown was my answer. She was thinking LES, and Seward Park Cooperative proved a perfect compromise for us. I get to spend a fair bit of my free time food shopping and eating out in Chinatown, and she gets the benefit of this without having to live next door to a fish market (which still doesn’t seem like a terrible idea to me).
Our neighborhood boasts an embarrassment of riches when it comes to superb (often very inexpensive) Chinese food. An adventurous eater can find great eats for pocket change. As a musician whose income varies wildly, I like knowing about such places; if I haven‘t had a fat gig or royalty check in a while a tasty, handmade $5 meal holds some appeal. A preference for hole in the wall joints over posh ones seals the deal (sometimes to my wife’s chagrin). Eldridge Street is a goldmine for such places, in the form of dumpling and noodle shops. Some sport lines out the door during peak hours, as word has gotten out among food nerds.
Let’s take a virtual walk down Eldridge St, and I’ll point out some favorites:
Double Prosperity on the Lower East Side. Some people think Prosperity Dumpling at 46 Eldridge Street turns out the best dumplings in the neighborhood. A second branch, at 69 Clinton, has now opened for business.
The menu is almost identical – you get four dumplings for a buck. There are also sesame pancakes ($1), chicken corn soup ($1.25), brisket noodle soup ($4) and other items. A bag of 50 frozen dumplings costs $10.
The second location is about twice the size of the original (which is to say still tiny). But there are a few more counter seats if you must devour your purchases on the spot.