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LES Bites: La Gamelle Opens April 22, Taste of 7th, Sampling Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Luca and Bosco's version of the ice cream sandwich.
Luca and Bosco’s version of the ice cream sandwich.

Your end-of-week Lower East Side food roundup:

Eater reports that La Gamelle will open at 241 Bowery April 22. The French bistro below the Sunshine Hotel replaces Chez Jef (a pop up) and Bowery Diner. Like the previous ventures, La Gamelle is the inspiration of Mathieu Palombino of the Motorino pizza juggernaut. The “classic Parisian-style brasserie” will feature items such as steak frites, a cote de bouef for two and roast chicken.

Support the East Village! Taste of 7th is this weekend!

Did you know the ice cream sandwich was born on the Bowery in the 1900s?  Several present day purveyors are included in the Times’ ode to this summertime invention, including Pearl & Ash, Morgenstern’s, Luca & Bosco and Ice & Vice (which is opening a store on East Broadway in a few weeks).

Food & Wine anoints the “People’s Best New Chef.” Regional winners are Fabian von Hauske and Jeremiah Stone of Contra on Orchard Street, who are “showing New York City something new, modern and understated: a nightly five-course tasting menu that varies depending on their mood and foregoes an excess of salt, sugar or spice in favor of showing off their greenmarket ingredients.”

Dimes is now open on Canal Street.

EV Grieve reports that Ethos Meze on Avenue A has been closed for renovations.

Gothamist goes behind the scenes at Clinton Street Baking Company and learns that its expansion into a space on East Houston Street is “tentatively slated to be done by the end of spring,” although they’re at the “mercy of the contractors.”

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