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Featured Review: Fat Radish

At Fat Radish; chanterelles, charred corn, hazelnuts, chili.

Starting today, we’re going to be featuring some choice comments from our food section. First off, Lower East Side resident and natural foods chef Shana Robinson samples the vegetarian-friendly brunch options at Fat Radish. Click here for Shana’s review. You can chime in on any restaurant of your choice, directly from The Lo-Dine.

Food Wire: Saro Bistro, Fat Radish, Sweet Life

The Sweet Life.

In Lower East Side food news today:

  • Eater reports Saro, the new Balkan bistro at 102 Norfolk, has gotten its liquor license. To celebrate this week, they’ll be offering complimentary cevapcici (Yugoslavian kebabs), crab cakes, or mini savory pies, with every glass of wine ordered (during happy hour, 6-8pm).
  • Fat Radish will be offering $2 beer and a special Super Bowl menu on Sunday night.
  • The Sweet Life has dried fruit and nut platters for the Chinese New Year.

Food Wire: Fat Radish, Nom Wah Tea Parlor, Painkiller

Fat Radish earned one star in today's New York Times.

In Lower East Side food/restaurant news:

  • There are a few entertaining lines in Sam Sifton’s one-star review of Fat Radish: “a smart little joint out of a Jamie Oliver photo shoot;” “a restaurant for good-looking youngsters on their third jobs and second apartments, single and raging, with summertime Montauk shares and memories of Belize and Gstaad;” “To sit in its dining room as light plays off the huge mirror in back, candles flickering everywhere, eating rillettes and drinking wine, is to experience a small part of the New York that leads people here inexorably and always will.”
  • Painkiller, the tiki bar on Essex Street, has a huge new menu.

Fat Radish Opens on Orchard Street

This past weekend,  Fat Radish,  a British restaurant featuring (what else!) farm fresh ingredients made its “soft debut” at 17 Orchard Street.   For now, they seem to be keeping a low profile: no mention of the opening on their blog, Facebook page ot Twitter.

Fat Radish is run by Ben Towill (Kingswood) and Phil Winser, the team behind the Silkstone catering company (also at 17 Orchard). You may have spotted them during the summer at the Hester Street Fair whipping up some seriously tasty omelets (we consumed our share).

A sampling from Sunday night’s menu: blue cheese pork pie ($7), warm smoked bacon/potato/green bean salad ($13), cured lemon sole/pumpkin seed pesto/dandelion ($14), mako shark vindaloo/wild rice/spicy bean chutney ($21), braised venison/prunes/parsnip dumplings ($21).

We have a call into the restaurant to get more details, including hours of operation and whether a grand opening is planned.

Fat Radish

Two young chefs from the U.K. colonize lower Orchard Street. In a bright, airy space they have created a locally sourced, seasonal menu. A favorite of fashion insiders (they also run a catering company), Fat Radish caters to the locals with a limited breakfast and a juice bar. Reservations are accepted for parties of 6 or more.

17 Orchard, near Canal.


Hours Tue-Sat: 5:30pm-12am Sun: 5pm-10pm