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.

 

Ranking Brunch, The Future of Food, Thompson LES, FAB Cafe

 

Wednesday’s food news around the neighborhood:

Food Wire: German Bread, Food/Roof Dining at Hotel Chantelle, Real Buttermilk

Hotel Chantelle, via Gothamist.

In food/restaurant news today:

  • Landbrot, a new German bread maker, has signed a 10-year lease for a ground floor space at 185 Orchard (the Thompson LES Hotel). It’ll be one of two Manhattan locations. According to Crain’s the cafe should open in around three months.
  • Gothamist chats with Hotel Chantelle (92 Ludlow) owner Benjamin Shih; a full-scale restaurant (French Colonial) is planned to complement the cocktails currently being served — AND — there’s going to be a large rooftop dining area.
  • The Post is in a dither because “Chinese Restaurant News” only included two New York restaurants on its top 10 list (Congee Village is #9).  A place in Bryn Mawr, PA is number 1! Bryn Mawr?
  • Florence Fabricant talks up the “real buttermilk” that Saxelby Cheesemongers gets direct from an Orwell, Vermont farm.

Nurse Bettie, Bunny Chow, Bowery SRO on CB3’s December Bar Docket

Next week Community Board 3’s SLA Committee will meet to scrutinize December’s liquor license applicants. Pyro-cocktail specialist Apotheke has already been crossed off the agenda, leaving a fairly mundane but still lengthy docket to adjudicate. A few items of note:

  • Nurse Bettie (106 Norfolk) is looking to renew its license but will be made to answer for complaints from neighbors.
  • Hachi Enterprises returns to request a full liquor license at 185 Orchard, the ground floor in the Thompson LES Hotel. This past month, CB3 rejected a wine/beer license from these same applicants because they did not appear before the committee.
  • It appears new owners want to take over the license at the Inhabit Karaoke Lounge (39 Eldridge) and upgrade to a full bar.

Thompson LES Owner Speaks Out About Noise Complaints

6a01127920a5dc28a4011570ac7bd7970b-800wi A few weeks ago we had coverage of a contentious community meeting, in which residents lit into managers of the Thompson LES Hotel for their failure to control late night noise and unruly crowds. New York Magazine has now checked in with Thompson LES owner Jason Pomeranc.

He expressed confidence that the neighborhood would get used to the hotel, and downplayed the complaints, "I think that’s a broad characterization to say that the neighborhood is upset about it… it is a minority element, I believe, that has been negative about it.
Part of the process is to ingratiate the neighborhood and realize that
the hotel, the pool, the restaurant, the bar are actually an asset and
do make for a better, safer, cleaner neighborhood that creates more
jobs and creates more energy and ultimately has a positive ripple
effect for residents, for merchants, for everyone around it."

He told NYM the hotel takes the complaints from neighbors seriously, and will work to alleviate their concerns. Another community meeting is scheduled in early July.

Wednesday News Links

State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver tells the New York Times he has doubts about Governor Paterson's ethics reform proposals. Senate leader Malcolm Smith, who backs the legislation, took a shot at Silver yesterday, saying legislative leaders should not have outside incomes. Silver, an attorney, has resisted calls for him to disclose his client list. Silver's spokesman says he continues to believe in a citizen legislature.

As we reported earlier, City Councilman Alan Gerson lost the endorsement of the Downtown Independent Democrats last night to Pete Gleason. The blog, Soho Politics, says Gleason only won by two votes in the first round. But after a recount, his lead widened 64-52. Meanwhile, another influential club, the Stonewall Democrats, endorsed Gerson, even though they chose to stay out of other races in which incumbents are "under siege." The Daily News says Gerson is poised to lose the upcoming endorsement of the Working Families Party.

EV Grieve has details of the community meeting last night to discuss complaints about late night noise and other problems from the Cooper Square Hotel. It appears to have been a rough replay of the contentious meeting last week concerning noise at the Thompson LES Hotel. There was one difference. Jeremiah's Vanishing New York reports people attending the meeting walked outside to witness a lavish private party at the hotel to celebrate the unveiling of the new Astin Martin.

Senator Charles Schumer's office says the Grand Street Settlement is one of 13 New York organizations to receive grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service. Grand Street will get $260,000 to hire 40 AmeriCorps members to "help New York City students to improve their education."

Thompson LES Folo: Movin’ On Out

Our story focusing on the meeting last week to complain about the late night noise at the Thompson LES Hotel really struck a nerve. At least one neighbor has decided not to stick it out any longer. MattNYC left us this comment yesterday:

Thanks for the update. I live directly across from the pool area on the
fourth floor of 188 Orchard. My wife and I couldn't make the meeting,
but we're glad to see that something has be done. Sadly, we've had
enough of living on Orchard Street after more than six years. If the
construction at the hotel and the still unfinished building across the
street weren't enough with the destruction of the sidewalk and the
noise, now we have to deal with outdoor parties almost directly outside
our window. The gall of the hotel operator is amazing. What did they
think would happen? The LES was a great place to live, but making your
home in a nightlife district where even the businesses owners don't
care about the residents has just gotten so old.

Midday News Notes

According to the Downtown Express, it took three calls to 911 before help arrived for a woman suffering a seizure at the Grand Park Settlement's senior center. A staff member, Wally Ruiz, ended up running to the fire station on Pitt Street before emergency teams arrived for 64 year old Eva Delgado. It's unclear whether the trucks came from the Pitt Street station or another location. Delgado was taken to Beth Israel Hospital, where she was declared dead a short time later. There was apparently some question about whether the 911 operator received enough information to send help.But a Grand Street Settlement spokesperson says the staffer who called 911 gave all of the information that would have been needed.

The city has come up with a solution to the dispute over bike lanes along Kent Avenue in Brooklyn. It's worth taking note of the resolution across the river, as we await a plan for the Grand Street bike lanes. You'll recall LES residents unloaded on DOT officials during a "transportation town hall" recently.

A followup to our coverage of the contentious community meeting Wednesday night about noise coming from the Thompson LES Hotel. Jeremiah's Vanishing New York posted a video from a tipster who says a pool party last week was "disgustingly loud." See (and hear it) for yourself:

Meeting Tonight to Discuss “Thompson LES” Noise

20090526_shangpool_560x240 This evening at 630pm there will be a community meeting to discuss complaints about late night noise from the Thompson LES Hotel on Allen Street. The hotel is home to the rooftop club "Above Allen" and the restaurant "Shang." The club features a rooftop swimming pool (see above).

Representatives from the hotel and the NYPD will be on hand to hear what people in the neighborhood have to say. Until the recession hit Manhattan, there was a boutique hotel building boom downtown. Rather than relying solely on booking guest rooms, the hotels became nightlife destinations — attracting big crowds and late night noise.

In a 2007 interview with the New York Sun, Thompson LES developer Michael Pomeranc downplayed the hotel's impact on its neighbors: "Since this will predominantly cater to people staying in the hotel, it will keep a serene atmosphere in the neighborhood." The meeting will be held in the Raphael Hernandez Community Room at 189 Allen.

Meeting Tonight to Discuss “Thompson LES” Noise

20090526_shangpool_560x240 This evening at 630pm there will be a community meeting to discuss complaints about late night noise from the Thompson LES Hotel on Allen Street. The hotel is home to the rooftop club "Above Allen" and the restaurant "Shang." The club features a rooftop swimming pool (see above).

Representatives from the hotel and the NYPD will be on hand to hear what people in the neighborhood have to say. Until the recession hit Manhattan, there was a boutique hotel building boom downtown. Rather than relying solely on booking guest rooms, the hotels became nightlife destinations — attracting big crowds and late night noise.

In a 2007 interview with the New York Sun, Thompson LES developer Michael Pomeranc downplayed the hotel's impact on its neighbors: "Since this will predominantly cater to people staying in the hotel, it will keep a serene atmosphere in the neighborhood." The meeting will be held in the Raphael Hernandez Community Room at 189 Allen.