Fat Radish Opens on Orchard Street

This past weekend,  Fat Radish,  a British restaurant featuring (what else!) farm fresh ingredients made its “soft debut” at 17 Orchard Street.   For now, they seem to be keeping a low profile: no mention of the opening on their blog, Facebook page ot Twitter.

Fat Radish is run by Ben Towill (Kingswood) and Phil Winser, the team behind the Silkstone catering company (also at 17 Orchard). You may have spotted them during the summer at the Hester Street Fair whipping up some seriously tasty omelets (we consumed our share).

A sampling from Sunday night’s menu: blue cheese pork pie ($7), warm smoked bacon/potato/green bean salad ($13), cured lemon sole/pumpkin seed pesto/dandelion ($14), mako shark vindaloo/wild rice/spicy bean chutney ($21), braised venison/prunes/parsnip dumplings ($21).

We have a call into the restaurant to get more details, including hours of operation and whether a grand opening is planned.

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!

More Than 10,000 Visit Hester Street Fair

Photo by Pietro Filardo

So much for starting slow. The Hester Street Fair was a hit from the moment it began at 10 o’clock this morning. A ton of media exposure during the past month and a gorgeous day obviously did the trick. There were plenty of neighborhood folks turning out – but also lots of people who seldom (if ever) venture below Delancey, on the Lower/Lower East Side. On its first day, more than 10-thousand passed through the Hester Street Fair’s brand new ornamental gate to visit 60 diverse vendors. Click through to see photos from day 1.