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Heating up the scene on the Lower East Side

Sunday afternoon, firefighters from Engine 28 at the E. Second St. stationhouse responded to a gas leak at the building at 188 Orchard St., which contains a smoke shop on the ground floor. Meanwhile, Gerry Visco, a fabulous figure from the New York nightlife scene (and also Columbia’s classics department), stopped by the photographer’s famed […]

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Friends — some sporting sequined G-strings and twirling chest tassels — helped Avenue A egg-cream icon Ray Alvarez celebrate his 86th birthday on Mon., Jan 14. Dancing — combined with disrobing — on the counter at Ray’s Candy Store has become his birthday tradition for more than 10 years running now. Each year […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | Panorama Middle Eastern Grill has been a welcome addition to the Village’s food options since opening this past June. The fast-casual restaurant, at 820 Broadway, near E. 12 St., has a slightly sleeker environment than nearby mainstays for Middle Eastern fare like Mamoun’s. But Panorama’s delicious and fresh food, and generous […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | Is that street meat clean to eat? Until now, New Yorkers could only wonder about the cleanliness of street food, or perhaps choose not to think about it at all. But the city has started a grading program for all 5,500 food carts and trucks across the boroughs, which will give […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | Very few Village establishments have survived the trying tests of times, including rent hikes and passing fads, like frozen yogurt, ramen and beyond. Even fewer of the survivors have remained family owned. Caffe Dante, at 79 MacDougal St., for example, was sold after 100 years to an Australian company, which made […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | After closing for renovations early in fall 2018, Ghandi Cafe reopened last month and continues to serve its tasty Indian cuisine. The cafe, at 283 Bleecker St., offers a self-described “authentic Anglo-Indian cooking style.” The cozy, hole-in-the-wall shop just east of Seventh Ave. opened in 1999. When the eatery was shuttered […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | Ikinari Steak, a restaurant chain from Japan, opened its latest Manhattan location in the Village at the end of November. The sit-down eatery, at 205 Bleecker St., between MacDougal St. and Minetta Lane, is less pricey than a traditional steakhouse. It offers a variety of cuts, including ribeye, sirloin, filet and […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | Counter & Bodega, a Latin restaurant and bar, is a recent addition to the Chelsea food scene. Located at 266 W. 23rd St., just off Eighth Ave., its grand opening was Oct. 9. It features diverse foods from many Latin countries, with each country’s flag labeled on the menu next to […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | Berber Street Food, a small, fast-casual restaurant serving Afro-fusion food, has been an instant hit in the Village since opening in August at 35 Carmine St. With dishes and flavors from countries all over the world, and prepared on location in a homemade style, Berber has gained a loyal following. About […]

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BY GABE HERMAN | When a local restaurant is no-frills, with no Web site and in an unassuming spot, yet has been around for decades, you know the food has to be good. And that’s the case with the Spanish restaurant El Castillo de Manhattan. It’s deep in the Lower East Side at 207 Madison […]

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