LES Bites: Spate of Closings, Cheap Eats, Raise a Glass to Public Art

Family Recipe on Eldridge Street Closing June 22

LES Bites: Family Recipe, Sauce, Gaia, Meatball Shop, Knishery NYC

Family Recipe on Eldridge Street is getting some blog love this week.

Some mid-week restaurant news around the neighborhood:

  • Examining the vegan and vegetarian options at Eldridge Street newcomer Family Recipe. (Fork In The Road)
  • Speaking of Family Recipe, it’s one of two LES venues highlighted as affordable, enjoyable alternatives to expensive hotspots. Sauce, Frank Prizinzano’s new Italian joint at Rivington and Allen, is the other. (Eater)
  • Gaia Italian Cafe on East Houston Street celebrates its first anniversary tonight; stop by to congratulate them and sample some goodies between 5 and 8 p.m. (TLD inbox)
  • The Meatball Shop’s Michael Chernow has a second career: modeling. (GrubStreet)
  • Donate to support Holocaust survivors; get homemade knishes. (KnisheryNYC)


Royal Young: Family Recipe Keeps Creative Spirit Alive on Eldridge Street

Akiko Thurnauer recently opened "Family Recipe" on Eldridge Street.

For years, Eldridge Street, the block I grew up on, was littered with empty crack vials.  Businesses of any kind were scarce. These days, new, enchanted establishments are popping up. From Apizz, where my parents (artists who renovated their tenement home in the ‘80’s) proudly spent an anniversary dinner,  to Family Recipe, a sleek Japanese restaurant run by Akiko Thurnauer.

Akiko was born in Japan, but has spent the past fifteen years in New York. “I wanted to open a restaurant that was a little bit hidden, not on an obvious street like Orchard or Ludlow, where it’s more party and people come for drink. I like to have people who really come for food,” Thurnauer told me in her open kitchen space, which she helped design. “I moved to Grand Street five years ago, but I’ve always lived in Nolita or the Lower East Side, so I know the neighborhood.”

LES Bites: Papaya Food, Grit N Glory, Family Recipe, Shanghai Asian Cuisine

Papaya Food is now open at 249 Broome St.

Here’s a midweek look at local restaurant headlines:

  • Papaya Food, a Japanese and Thai fusion restaurant, opened this week at 249 Broome St. Lunch specials include chicken, salmon, beef and shrimp teriyaki bento boxes, as well as combos of sushi rolls. (TLD inbox)
  • A chat with the 24-year-old founders of Grit N Glory, which launched officially last night at 186 Orchard St. (DNA Info)
  • Homestyle Japanese restaurant Family Recipe, a new addition on Eldridge Street, gets reviewed and slide-showed. (NYT, Serious Eats)
  • Shanghai Asian Cuisine, new at the Elizabeth Street end of the Chinatown Mall, gets a visit from Robert Sietsema, who declares their soup dumplings “the city’s best.” (Village Voice)