Here’s what’s new on the Lower East Side restaurant scene:
–After many, many delays, Giuseppe González is finally opening his new cocktail bar, Suffolk Arms, on Thursday. You know him from PKNY, Golden Cadillac, Dutch Kills, etc. Suffolk Arms has taken over the old Local 269 space at 269 East Houston St. According to Time Out, “An annotated menu touts 11 original cocktails ($14) like the Tough Room, which fuses a Guinness with a whiskey sour stout, as well as a selection of 13 “Something Like Classics” quaffs ($13), which play on time-honored libations from the likes of PDT’s Jeff Bell and Jeffrey Morgenthaler of Pepe Le Moko in Portland, Oregon.”
–Ryan Sutton of Eater is mystified by the wacky R-rated website for Le Turtle, the trendy new restaurant from taste maker Taavo Somer and Carlos Quirarte of The Smile. But if you can stand the theme park-like show and occasionally inattentive service, he says, the sceney spot is “one of the city’s most satisfying new venues in which to consume (or watch others consume) smart French fare.”
–Have you checked out The Lucky Bee, the new Southeast Asian restaurant from Matty Bennett and Rupert Noffs? The lively, farm-fresh spot at 252 Broome St. opened late last month. Tonight, they’re debuting “The Lucky Hour,” the Lower East Side’s newest happy hour. From 5:30-7 p.m., they’re offering $1 oysters, $5 dumplings, $4 beers and $10 cocktails.
–A new burger joint called LES Kitchen is now open at 15 Essex St. They’re using Pat LaFrieda meat, buns from Parisi Bakery and pickles from the Pickle Guys. Have you noticed that this stretch of Essex Street is becoming a cheap eats mecca?
–A reminder: the Essex Street Market and the Lowline are teaming up Sunday for a winter food festival. See details here!