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LES Bites: Kottu House Opens, 174 Rivington, Taste of the LES

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Let’s see what’s happening on the Lower East Side food scene:

Kottu House, specializing in the Sri Lankan street food, kottu roti, is now open at 250 Broome St. The dish features a flaky flatbread finely chopped and fried with curry, eggs and a variety of other ingredients. There are seven varieties, including chicken, sauteed fish, black tofu and sauteed beef (prices range from $12–$15). The menu also offers some other options, such as South Asian fries covered in paprika and Sri Lankan chile powder, and calamari with green chilies. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner.

New York Magazine’s Adam Platt – previously a Mission Chinese naysayer – has been won over. Sure, he couldn’t resist mentioning the restaurant’s lack of local authenticity: “…the room was bursting not with Chinese diners from the neighborhood but with bewhiskered gents from Bushwick sporting topknots and spiffy corduroy vests.” But then he raves about the new menu, which “is full of surprises, and the more corners you explore, the more your appetite tends to increase.”

The Grand Street Settlement’s Taste of the Lower East Side is coming up April 15 at Metropolitan Pavilion. Ticket proceeds benefit the social agency’s programs. Click here to RSVP.

174 Rivington, a new bar focused on “no-frills cocktails and contemporary art” recently opened in the former Red Velvet Lounge space. Partners Luca Carucci and Joseph Peraino say they’re hoping to create a community-oriented, creative space. The first exhibition opened March 11. The bar offers a nightly happy hour until 9 p.m. and stays open until 1 a.m., weekends to 2 a.m.

Cool Hunting features Moscow 57.

Ivan Ramen is now delivering via Caviar.

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