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Food Wire: Limited Time Only, Nom Wah Tea Parlor, Beauty & Essex

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The old Broadway East space becomes "LTO."

This morning’s Lower East Side food news:

  • LTO (Limited Time Only) open in the old Broadway East space. From their new web site: “Chef RJ Cooper, James Beard Foundation Award winner for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic (2007), is the first in a cadre of chefs to grace LTO. Cooper and his team… will serve a 16-course progression menu and a 24-course journey menu nightly from April 27 – May 8 ($100). A la carte selections will also be offered at the bar.”
  • The Times’ “$25 and Under” column features the newly renovated Nom Wah Tea Parlor. Summing up, Ligaya Mishan writes, “there is a menacingly chic bar down the block and a slick Mexican place set to open next door. But Nom Wah is still here. Let’s keep it that way.”
  • Bloomberg’s Ryan Sutton checks out Beauty & Essex, or as he calls it, the “stadium-sized eatery and urban wildlife scene.”  He’s annoyed by both the “club cuisine” (cute finger food) as well as the “stiletto-clad patrons navigating the staircases as if they’re mountains to be scaled.”
  • Eater wraps up the eight hour CB3/SLA Committee meeting. Among the highlights: Tiny’s was approved for a beer/wine license, Preserve 24 (in the old Economy Foam spot on East Houston) was approved in spite of objections from neighborhood institution Russ & Daughters and Ed’s Lobster got the okay for a license at 25 Clinton Street.
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