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LES Bites: “Sturgeon Queens” on the Small Screen, Fung Tu Sunday Dinner, Malt & Mold Expansion

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Your Monday Lower East Side food notes:

  • Julie Cohen’s documentary on Russ & Daughters, “The Sturgeon Queens,” will air on public television in New York next month. You can see it on WNET/Channel 13 December 2 at 10 p.m. and December 3 at 7:30 p.m. on WLIW/Channel 21. The film has been on the festival circuit for the past several months.
  • Fung Tu, the creative Chinese spot at 22 Orchard St., launched Sunday dinner service in place of Sunday brunch this past weekend.  Bottles of wine selected by the restaurant’s beverage director, Jason Wagner, are 20% off on Sundays. Some of the dishes from the brunch menu – including chef Jonathan Wu’s China-quiles – are available on the Sunday dinner menu. They start serving at 4 p.m.
  • Speaking of Fung Tu, Max Falkowitz of Serious Eats says Jonathan “Wu’s been ‘adjusting to the New York palate’ of late, ramping up flavors, seasoning, and spice, and at this point, the restaurant is firing on all cylinders—a forward-thinking, ingredient-obsessed Chinese restaurant that takes tradition seriously.”
  • How can you tell Momofuku Ko is almost ready to open? Its facade got the street artist treatment over the weekend, Eater reports.
  • EV Grieve says a Momofuku vet is getting ready t open a French/Japanese tavern on East 1st Street.
  • Together again: Malt & Mold, the beer and cheese shop on East Broadway, now has a second location at 21st Street and 2nd Avenue. Not so coincidentally, it’s right next door to Pushcart Coffee. Malt & Mold and Pushcart were LES neighbors before the coffee shop shuttered its East Broadway location last January.
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