Restaurant Wrap: Dora, Banjo Jim’s, Cocoron, Spitzer’s Corner, Russ & Daughters

Cappucino at Dora on East Broadway

In neighborhood restaurant news today:

  • Get your late-afternoon cappucino a little earlier from now until Labor Day: Dora tells us via Facebook they will close at 4 p.m. until then.
  • Tonight’s the finale for music bar Banjo Jim’s in the East Village, EV Grieve reports. Next up at that location: artisanal cocktails.
  • Cocoron, the Delancey Street soba shop, draws the eye of the Wall Street Journal.
  • Serious Eats revisits Spitzer’s Corner’s hamburgers three years after its first review, and finds them in need of a higher grade of beef.
  • A new Vimeo video shows 90 seconds’ worth of life inside Russ & Daughters.
  • Bowery Boogie reports rumors of a new venture at the old Imperial Tavern on Ludlow Street.
  • Do food trucks need letter grades from the health department? The mayor thinks so, according to the WSJ’s Metropolis blog.

TLD Food Wire: Azul, NY Mag Nods, Chinatown Deals, Perfect Picnic

The caneles with dulce de leche at Azul, where a new team is in charge.

Here’s the mid-week roundup of neighborhood restaurant news:

  • The Daily News talks to the new culinary team at Azul on Stanton Street, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a revamp of its menu by Argentinian natives.
  • New York Magazine’s annual “Cheap Eats” issue highlights many local favorites: Cocoron, Souvlaki GR, the turkey sandwich at Stellina and the al fresco options at Hester Street Fair.
  • Speaking of cheap eats, Serious Eats offers its selections for 10 great meals under $6 in Chinatown, including nods for Vanessa’s Dumplings and Great NY Noodletown.
  • The NYT’s Diners Journal checks out the new picnic outfitter on Clinton Street.

 

Prune, Co-op Food & Drink, Cup and Saucer, Cocoron

Soba spot Cocoron got some love from The New York Times this week.

LES Food Wire: Bun & Co. Closes, Early Word on Cocoron

Grub Street reports the short-lived “Bun & Co.” has closed. A few months ago, owner/chef Ratha Chaupoly re-branded Kampuchea, saying the Cambodian restaurant was too pricey for the neighborhood. But the new incarnation, a sandwich shop, never caught on.

Fork in the Road has the “early word” on Cocoron, the tiny new soba spot on Delancey Street.  It was blogger central when we stopped in for dinner last night (lots of iphone photos being taken).  We second the Voice’s endorsement: Cocoron is the real deal.

If you’ve been to Cocoron or any other restaurants in the neighborhood lately — we hope you’ll head on over to our food page and give us your thoughts. There are 180+ restaurants on our list – and growing!

Cocoron

Japanese-born chef Yoshihito Kida has opened a tiny restaurant, just west of Allen Street, serving extremely fresh, authentic soba.  There are only three  tables and an 8-seat bar in this handsomely designed space. Behind the bar, you’ll be able to watch as your noodles are made on the spot. The menu offers detailed explanations of cold and hot varieties of soba, as well as the health benefits of each. There are also some nice appetizers and side dishes, including miso coleslaw and a daikon salad. Service is gracious and friendly.

61 Delancey Street, near Allen

212-925-5220

Hours: lunch 11am-3pm; dinner 5pm-11pm

No online menu yet

Cash only, no alcohol , no takeout