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Food Wrap: Hester Street Lineup, Mexicue Loves Vanessa’s, Ellabess Review

A roundup of neighborhood food news: This Saturday's lineup for the Hester Street Fair includes lots of autumnal treats, including cocktail-flavored cupcakes and spicy fruit leathers, plus first-time vendor Zoe's Premium shows off its "people food for dogs." Since opening their...

Heritage Meats, Brooklyn Taco Come to Essex Market

I was among those gutted when Jeffrey Ruhalter closed his iconic Essex Street Market butcher shop. The market lost one of its colorful characters that day, not to mention the most direct link with its history, aside from the...

Scenes From LES Apple Day 2011

It was a gorgeous fall day on Orchard Street yesterday--perfect weather for celebrating Apple Day on the Lower East Side . We've got coverage of the Apple Pie Eating Contest and some great photos after the jump:  
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Apple Pie Eating Champ Crowned!

Moments ago...LES Pie Eating contest winner "Gentleman" Joe Menchetti holds his trophy after eating two and a half apple pies in seven minutes at NYC Apple Day. It was a sweet victory!

Meat Shop, Tacos Come to Essex Street Market

Shoppers at the Essex Street Market are discovering some exciting new options. The most conspicuous addition is the Heritage Meat Market, which is just now setting up in a portion of the space once occupied by longtime Essex Market...

Falai Closes; “Changed Neighborhood” Cited

For a few months now, there's been speculation about what's happening at Falai, the high-end Italian restaurant at 68 Clinton Street. This morning Grub Street noticed an ominous message on Falai's web site, indicating that the business was "temporarily...
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Desserts NYC Calls it Quits

You may have noticed Desserts NYC, the year-old bakery at 155 East Broadway, has been closed of late. Yesterday the shop's owner, Mary Fitzgerald, posted the following message on Facebook: As you might have noticed, we have closed. We appreciate...

New Restaurant, “Sons of Essex,” Begins Hiring Saturday

Wanna work at "Sons of Essex," the soon-to-open successor to Mason Dixon?  There's an open call for all positions Saturday afternoon.  The interviews will take place from 2-4 p.m. at the restaurant, 133 Essex Street.  By the way, the...

Restaurant Report Card: August 2011

Each month, on the second Wednesday, we post a report of restaurants in the 10002 ZIP code that scored 28 points or more--the equivalent of a "C" grade--on their health department inspections the previous month. We also call out...
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Indulging My Inner Wine Geek, on the Lower East Side

The first cool nights are upon us, meaning  rose season is over. That’s fine by me, as my rose of choice this year, Massaya, from the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon, sold out its entire bottling weeks ago. What to...
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First Signs of Spring Come to Seward Park

A few blossoms are announcing the coming spring in Seward Park. Send us your neighborhood photos to: tips@thelodownny.com or...

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