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New Arrivals: Moscow 57, Antonioni’s, Pablo’s Birthday and More

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Red Caviar on Buckwheat Blinis at Moscow57.
Red Caviar on Buckwheat Blinis at Moscow57.

Here’s our monthly roundup of new businesses that have opened on the Lower East Side:

Moscow 57  (168 Delancey St.), a pop-up concept, catering company and events firm, opened its first brick-and-mortar outpost last month at the foot of the Williamsburg Bridge—just in time to capitalize on Sochi Olympics-driven buzz around all things Russian. Its proprietors include Ellen Kaye, whose parents owned the Russian Tea Room from 1947 until 1996, as well as Seth Goldman (who’s running the kitchen) and Ethan Fein. The menu features classics like chicken Kiev, blinis and beef stroganoff; Central Asian and Georgian dishes are also offered and there’s a small menu section devoted to “American.” Dinner is served Wednesday through Saturday. Live music, including blues, folk, world music and jazz, are often on the calendar.

Antonioni’s (177 Chrystie St.), the tiny new “family-style” Italian joint from the folks behind Café Gitane on Mott Street and in the West Village, finally opened for daily dinner service on Feb. 14, nearly three years after it first appeared on Community Board 3’s agenda. The dinner menu features classic dishes like clams casino, Tuscan mussels, a wide array of pasta dishes and eight varieties of pizza. Appetizers and kids’ menu items fall in the $10 range, pizzas and pastas are around $20, and larger entrees a little higher. Brunch and lunch service is scheduled to start later this month, and delivery service is in the works.

Red Royalty Gallery (64 Delancey St.), bills itself as the first NYC gallery focusing on contemporary Eastern European art, with a targeted audience of young collectors “who will be shaping the future of contemporary art,” says gallerist Radina Angelova. Its first show, scheduled for March 27-28, will feature porcelain and ceramic sculptures influenced by Cirque du Soleil and Maxfield Parrish’s early 20th-century illustrations.  (UPDATE 3/14: Angelova tells us the grand opening of the gallery and its inaugural show, The Emperor’s New Clothes by Kremena Lefterova, has been rescheduled for Friday, April 4, from 6 to 10 p.m. A coffee salon with the artist follows on Saturday, April 5, noon to 6 p.m.)

La Petite Mort (37 Orchard St.), is a combination vintage clothing boutique and art gallery. It specializes in putting a modern twist on looks curated from ’80s and ’90s threads, ranging from from Dolce and Gabbana and Versace to Garfield the Cat T-shirts. The store also sells modern accessories by NYC designers. Noting that its name is a euphemism for an orgasm, the proprietors spell out their mission this way: “We believe fashion should evoke a strong emotion and each piece should be loved and celebrated.” Store hours are Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays noon to 7 p.m.; a rotating schedule of art events is posted on the website.

Pablo’s Birthday (57 Orchard St.), a 12-year-old gallery founded by Arne Zimmermann, recently relocated from Canal Street to Orchard Street, joining the Lower East Side art boom. The space hosted an inaugural show of Henrik Eiben’s work called “Clarity.” The gallery, which has a mission of “championing young and mid-career artists,” is open Wednesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday noon to 6 p.m. and by appointment.

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  1. I’ve been to Moscow 57 with a group–it’s divine! They also have live music which helps create a convivial, anything-goes atmosphere. The owners are warm and friendly. The food is delicious.

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