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BY RAINER TURIM | Do you fondly reminisce about eating burritos at Benny’s Burritos on Avenue A? Well, you’re in luck, because Mark Merker, the owner of the former Benny’s and Harry’s Burritos has renamed Che Cafe, his recently opened empanada shop at 86 E. Seventh St., Benny’s Burritos & Empanadas. “I miss Benny’s and I’ve […]

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BY SCOTT STIFFLER | Whether crossing herself for the spiritual strength to knock “New York, New York” out of the park or repurposing a song from “Cabaret” to address the mobility issues of an aging hoofer, Rick Skye’s Liza Minnelli walks (and occasionally Fosse-Fosse-Fosses) the thin line between reverent and ruthless. Singing in his natural voice […]

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BY ELANA DURE | For Grace Figueroa and Amber Kulak, it all started with a Labor Day trip to the Hamptons. The friends had traveled the two-to-three-hour journey to Kulak’s summer place for a relaxing vacation weekend. Taking friends’ advice, the women decided to dine at Happy Bowls in Montauk, a unique acai bar with […]

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BY LEVAR ALONZO | A new business whose look and sound pays playful homage to the 1970s is serving up heaping mounds of fries that reflect the owner’s love of spuds. FryGuys opened a few weeks ago at 150 E. Second St., at Avenue A, and is serving up a pound and half of fries for […]

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BY MICHELE HERMAN | My husband and I recently treated ourselves to dinner at 99 Bank, the new restaurant on the corner of Bank and Greenwich Sts., former home to the Marrow, Paris Commune and Nadine’s. All we knew about the place was what we could see from a cursory peek from the sidewalk, and […]

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BY MICHELE HERMAN | We West Villagers used to have a rule of thumb: If you see a forlorn, anonymous, unimproved building, assume it’s a Gottlieb property. Bill Gottlieb, the eccentric local landlord, was more of a collector of buildings than a developer of them. Gottlieb died 17 years ago and his company is now […]

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Get in the spirit of the holiday season and get a great-tasting meal at the Annual Sixth Precinct Roast Beef Dinner fundraiser for the Caring Community. It all happens on Tues., Dec. 6, rom 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Our Lady of Pompeii Senior Center, Father Demo Hall, 25 Carmine St. Admission is $13 […]

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BY TINA BENITEZ-EVES | Growing up as a young girl in Oradea, a small town in Transylvania, Ioana Holt was often tasked with mixing ingredients for cakes, breads and other sweet things that she would bake with her grandmother. Cozonac, a traditional Romanian sweet bread similar to Italian panettone, was one of the first baked […]

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BY ROBERT LEDERMAN | The New York City Council, under the direction of Speaker Melisa Mark-Viverito, is attempting to pass Intro No. 1303, a law that would double the number of food vending carts throughout the city. She has lined up 13 councilmembers — including Margaret Chin — plus the public advocate and the Manhattan […]

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BY DENNIS LYNCH | The Village will lose a neighborhood favorite eatery and market at the end of the month. The Blue Ribbon Bakery Kitchen at the corner of Bedford and Downing Sts. aLd the Blue Ribbon Market nearby on Bedford St. will shut their doors because of a sharp rent hint at the Bakery […]

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