First Look: Cherche Midi’s Menu

We peeped the menu for Keith McNally’s new French restaurant, which opens Friday at the corner of Bowery and Houston Street.

Food Wire: Xi’an Famous Foods, Pulino’s, Hotel on Rivington

Xi'an Famous Foods. Photo credit: Village Voice.

In Lower East Side food news:

  • Xi’an Famous Foods is about to open a second location next to the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory on Bayard Street.
  • Eater reports the Hotel on Rivington has “inked a deal with corporate food provider Chef and Company… the new partnership, (hopes) to piggyback off the success of Beauty and Essex, (by) converting Matt Levine’s former Levant East area into a restaurant focused on small plates and sharing.”  CV, the hotel’s small nightlife venue, “will turn into a tequila bar, including a taco stand.”

Rooftop Dining, “Pop-Up” at Alias, the Essex Party

Rooftop dining at Silkstone, a restaurant scheduled to open on Orchard Street later this year.

What’s happening on the Lower East Side food front? Quite a lot!

Pulino’s

Keith McNally’s  (Balthazar, Schiller’s, etc) take on a Roman pizzeria and trattoria. The wood-fired oven produces slightly charred thin crust pies, featuring a lot of interesting toppings. Also on the menu: several antipasti platters and other entrees (roasted fish, hanger steak). Like all McNally ventures, Pulino’s highlights specialty cocktails and a big, lively bar.

212-226-1966

282 Bowery, at Houston

Hours: brteakfast daily 830am-1130am; lunch Monday-Friday noon-5pm; dinner daily 6pm-midnight; weekend brunch 10am-4pm

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