In Lower East Side restaurant news:
Pete Wells gives two stars to Rebelle on the Bowery. While not every dish is successful and he’s annoyed by the restaurant’s “check fluffing” techniques, he concludes that the new venture from the the Pearl & Ash team is “a very good place to eat seasonal food that flirts with French ideas in exciting ways.”
Beginning today, Taquitoria on Ludlow Street is offering wine and beer with its food menu. A publicist for the restaurant tells us the initial offerings will include Tecate ($5), White Girl Rose ($10) and sparkling wine ($15). If you haven’t tried the delicious fried tacos at 168 Ludlow St., the alcohol menu offers a little extra incentive.
Bedford & Bowery has details from Community Board 3’s liquor licensing hearing, where Chris Santos and the Tao Group pitched their plan for 199 Bowery.
What were those nude baristas doing at Irving Farm? Adweek has the scoop.
There’s been a Fujianese restaurant boom in Chinatown for the past decade or so. But Robert Sietsema surmises that Cantonese is back in fashion thanks to new spots like King’s Kitchen on East Broadway.
EV Grieve notes that Contrada has been closed lately.