Here’s a roundup of recent Lower East Side restaurant news:
Grilled Cheese Incident is a pop-up operating out of Boss Tweeds at 155 Essex St. Marc Lande came up with the concept, in part, as a tribute to the Lower East Side’s colorful history. Sandwiches such as the “Lucky Luciano” and the “Bugsy Segal” are based on stories his dad used to tell him about the mobsters who ruled Essex Street back in the day. If you mention The Lo-Down, Marc says you’ll get $3 off any sandwich. You can check out the full menu here.
Speaking of incidents, Spaghetti Incident is now open at 231 Eldridge St. This place is an offshoot of Malatesta Trattoria, the popular West Village restaurant. The pasta spot is open for dinner seven nights a week.
In the Post, Steve Cuozzo has little good to say about Mathieu Palombino’s La Gamelle. The new restaurant (formerly Bowery Diner) “shows every sign of an owner stuck with a lease he doesn’t know what to do with,” Cuozzo writes.
Ivan Ramen has added some new menu items. There’s Herbie’s International, described as a “Catskill & Canarsie throwback special,” a Chinese-style roasted pork sandwich on a miso garlic toasted hero with duck sauce. Weekend brunch options include cold ramen and even a lox and bagel.
The Village Voice takes a look at Jason Wagner’s inventive wine list at Fung Tu.