Need a midweek pick-me-up? Check out the always amazing combo of pizza and beer, which is featured twice in this week's happy hour specials.
Whether its three or 30 inches that fall this weekend, we're going to have to leave the house sometime, and weekend brunch is calling our name. Here are a few places that will reward you with tasty treats like pancakes for your puddle jumping skills.
Super Bowl is on your mind. We know this, but there's still plenty of fun to be had before the big game. Videology is hosting a workout session and screening old-school Jazzercise videos, a group of artist have built a pyramid scheme (of sorts_ for a one-day show, and crowds gather in Chinatown on S ... More >>
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Jessie Ware comes to Irving Plaza
SPQR in Little Italy closed this week, Grub Street reported. The restaurant on Mulberry Street had been open in some capacity for 30 years, but the phone lines are disconnected and many of the items inside the space were auctioned off, including coffee makers, wine racks, and stoves. The building th ... More >>
Here's the croissant that won. Note the careful radial layering of pastry levels, and you can almost smell the butter. What are you looking for in a croissant? This quintessential French pastry -- shaped like the horns on a steer -- should be flaky, buttery, and paradoxically both light and substa ... More >>
Now that this year's San Gennaro festival has stuffed its last cannoli, my neighborhood has returned to its relaxed self. While I'm all in favor of the Old Country vibe surrounding most of Mulberry Street, my go-to spots around Little Italy and NoLIta aren't actually Italian (except for one!). [See ... More >>
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A day in the life of Jeremiah Moss, the writer behind the blog Jeremiah's Vanishing New York, is outlined in the Paris Review Daily. In the profile, Moss pays a visit to the original Ray's Pizza on the last day it's open and laments the decline of the ever-gentrifying neighborhood. (A new pizza plac ... More >>
Note that E.V. on the sign stands for "Extra Virgin," not "East Village." What's cloudy and pine-tree green? Olio Verde Novello, sometimes called New Olive Oil or Green Olive Oil.
Brooklyn plus bun.As they gear up for their big Meet the Breeds event on November 19th and 20th at the Javits Center, the American Kennel Club and the International Cat Association have been doing some thinking about what breeds "match" which of New York City's neighborhoods. Jessica Rice of ... More >>
There's a certain place in the East Village that offers porchetta sandwiches so warm and succulent that everyone knows about it. Porchetta, as you probably know, is a rolled pork roast stuffed with garlic, fresh herbs, and fennel, with the skin wrapped tightly around it so the juices stay in ... More >>
BaoHaus's Sweet Bao fries, portabello fries at Sea Grill, and cactus fries at Toloache are just some of the alternatives to French fries around town these days. [NY Post] Now that we finally have healthy food in school cafeterias, food trucks selling junk are parking nearby to lure kids away ... More >>
Arthur Avenue, the Real Little Italy of New York/FacebookJoe LiberatoreToday marks the sad end of another era: Joe Liberatore, the last of the original Arthur Avenue Retail Market vendors, has died.
It appears that Little Italy is trading in its pushy greeters in favor of "outside maitre d's": suave young gentlemen who attract lady tourists with their eyes. [NY Post] The Hurt Locker star Anthony Mackie's new Bed-Stuy bar NoBar welcomed stars like Samuel L. Jackson and Sam Rockwell at it ... More >>
Bees in Little Italy in MayIt's been a season of bees, so to speak, with swarms making news in Little Italy and across our fevered nation. And now the otherwise humdrum Flatiron District, DNA Info reports, has been hit with not one but two giant swarms of honeybees -- one at the Perfume Wareh ... More >>
Robert SietsemaBetween its ever-shrinking footprint and the boutique owners whose delicate sensibilities are offended between the San Gennaro Festival, Little Italy has taken its fair share of knocks in recent years. And to add insult to injury, the neighborhood's merchants are saying that Ea ... More >>
Today in things that are terrifying, here is a photo taken by @cookielaz, or Kyle Lazarus, who mentions (sarcastically) that this bee-covered mailbox in New York City is "totally safe." DNA Info has more on the swarm, which led the NYPD to close down the sidewalk for several hours today until the be ... More >>
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. The East Village's Wai? Café has closed and will be replaced by Sa Aming Nayon, serving "authentic Filipino cuisine." [EV Grieve] Havana Central is closing its Union Square location as part o ... More >>
"Little Italy is becoming Littler Italy," the New York Times declares in today's paper, noting that census results released in December count not one person living in the New York City neighborhood as a native of Italy. This time around, only 5 percent of residents in the 24-square-blocks ide ... More >>
Padma Lakshmi's custody battle with baby-daddy Adam Dell is heating up as Dell reveals the Top Chef mom had hoped billionaire Teddy Forstmann was Krishna's biological father. [NY Post] Gabriel Stulman of Joseph Leonard, Jeffrey's Grocery, and now Fedora has created not only a series of popul ... More >>
The Times has a great piece today that defies a lot of the common stereotypes of what it means to be gay in America. Since 1990, the Census has been a gold mine of information about LGBT couples for creative demographers. Despite the lack of any question about sexual orientation (hence, no info on s ... More >>
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. Benito's One Restaurant has been evicted from its Little Italy space and has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, with some $481,000 in liabilities. [Crain's] La Bonne Bouffe in the East Village ha ... More >>
Chef Damien Brassel of now-defunct Knife Fork will no longer be doing Knife Fork dinners out of Percy's Tavern. [Eater] Top Chef alum Cynthia Sestito will be cooking a special Italian holiday menu at Café Napoli in Little Italy on Saturday. [Grub Street] David Chang has been active on ... More >>
Fiji Water is shutting down its operations on the island due to a tax hike imposed by Fiji's government. The company is owned by billionaire investors Lynda Resnick and Stewart Resnick, who also own POM Wonderful. [Wall Street Journal] Burger King's monthlong "King of the Road" bus tour has ... More >>
The San Gennaro Festival has a bad reputation as just another reason for aggressive con-game carnies to hustle you next to the same booths serving funnel cakes, lemonade, and sausages that appear at every other street festival in New York City (unless, of course, you find the right ones). Wel ... More >>
Patron saint of Naples, San Gennaro casts his eyes heavenward, in despair over the preponderance of fried food at his festival. San Gennaro (English: Saint Januarius) is the patron saint of Naples, Italy, a Catholic bishop who was martyred in the Diocletianic Persecution of 305. The festival ... More >>
Bug lovers are pushing entomophagy (the eating of insects) as a high-protein, low-fat, cheap, environmentally sustainable, and trendy new diet. [Wall Street Journal] The owners of Torrisi Italian Specialties are embracing Chinatown's encroachment on Little Italy this San Gennaro with special ... More >>
Eataly's mozzarella. Among the many, many exhaustively authentic Italian food products that Eataly sells is fresh mozzarella. This mozzarella, of course, is not just any mozzarella: it's made right in front of your face, by a staff member who hand-stretches the fresh curds into perfect globe ... More >>
Steaming is a gas at two bao specialists
Torrisi Italian Specialties opens today in Little Italy selling Italian foods made in America. Owners Richard Torrisi and Mario Carbone, both chefs, cure their own anchovies and olives, and will start offering prix-fixe dinners in February. [NY Times] Teen stars Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautn ... More >>
East Meets West Holiday Parade Little Italy and Chinatown Merchants Associations are sponsoring a parade from Mulberry to Mott Street, featuring marching bands, martial artists and acrobats, Italian American singers and Lion and Dragon Dance troupes.
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