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Schiller’s is open and fairly busy, closing around 4 p.m.

Restaurant Wrap: Ha’Chi Opens, Panade Re-Opens, S’MAC Plans, Schiller’s, Hester Street Fair Lineup

Ha'Chi, the Thompson LES Hotel's new Asian fusion restaurant, opened this week on Orchard Street.

In today’s Lower East Side restaurant news:

  • From The Lo-Down inbox: Ha’Chi, the new Asian fusion eatery, opened this week on the ground floor of the Thompson LES Hotel at 185 Orchard St.
  • EV Grieve has an update on S’MAC’s takeover of the former Little Veselka kiosk at Houston Street and 1st Avenue; look for a fall opening.
  • Serious Eats samples the late-night fare at Schiller’s Liquor Bar, and gives the sticky toffee pudding a rousing thumbs-up.
  • Friends and fans of East Village bar owner and beer aficianado Ray Deter will gather Monday, Aug. 1, at his Williamsburg bar, dba Brooklyn, to toast his life and raise funds for his sons’ college educations. More info: Jimmy No. 43’s website and Good Beer Seal.
  • Snap Food Truck brings its mobile burgers and dogs back to the Hester Street Fair on Saturday. The full fair line-up is here.
  • The Wall Street Journal does some illuminating math calculations on the city’s 1-year-old restaurant inspections grading system.


Moldy Fig, Rob Shamlian, Co-Op Food & Drink, Patate Fellow

  • After several delays, jazz joint and cafe Moldy Fig at 178 Stanton St. had a soft opening over the weekend. Beer, wine, live jazz and shuffleboard are operational; official opening is July 4, and the full kitchen comes online sometime next month as well. The Alex Hoffman Quartet performs tonight at 8 p.m.
  • Goodbye LES, hello Brooklyn: Rob Shamlian says enough already with the Lower East Side. Next project? His new beer garden in Greenpoint, where things are “happier.”
  • Early reviews of Co-Op Food & Drink: The prices are high, the service is slow and there might be cocaine on the bathroom floor.
  • Patate Fellow is gone from 71 Clinton Street, but proprietor Toshi Cappuccino has opened a Japanese joint called Hachember.
  • How much is a good review worth? Grub Street puts the money where the critics’ mouths are.
  • Eater declares the death of 10 NYC food trends; among them, Painkiller’s tiki trendiness and most banh mi sandwiches, excepting, of course, BaoHaus.
  • Good Samaritans at Schiller’s rat out a bike vandal.


Fashion Plate: Banana Republic Shoots at Schiller’s


The scene outside Schiller's Liquor Bar frequently resembles a fashion shoot but yesterday there really was an ad campaign being produced on the corner of Rivington and Norfolk. We're told Banana Republic bought out Schiller's for the day but only shot inside for about an hour. They spent most of the day outside soaking up the sunshine and the LES street life.The model was actress Krysten Ritter of "Confessions of a Shopaholic."


Semi-Celebrities Behaving Badly

From this morning's "Page 6:"

PADMA Lakshmi wants you to know that she did not
throw a tantrum at Schiller's. On Friday, a Gawker reader wrote in to
the site that the "Top Chef" host "started flipping out, waving her
arms and stamped her feet" at a hostess after being forced to wait for
a table while dining with financier boyfriend Teddy Forstmann
and another friend. But a rep for Lakshmi says, "She had called in
advance, and they were expecting her, and everyone was lovely. She
loves Schiller's and their staff. It's totally untrue."



Sure, Keith McNally’s hot spot on Rivington Street attracts a bridge and tunnel crowd, but the staff goes to great lengths to treat the locals well. If Todd is behind the bar, you can be assured of a perfectly prepared cocktail. The French bistro-ish menu includes many crowd pleasers, including a very decent steak frites, a well-prepared roast chicken and french onion soup. Avoid the crushing crowds, and go for lunch.

131 Rivington, at Norfolk

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