from kenneth in the (212): Chelsea Institution East of Eighth Abruptly Goes Out Of Business

Just as I was breathing a sigh of relief that Elmo was in fact just closed for renovations comes word that another longtime “gay” eatery in Chelsea, East of Eighth, has abruptly closed, with its owner citing Republican talking points as the reason.

DNAinfo reports:

In an email, restaurant owner David Feldman said East of Eighth “could not keep up wit [sic] the higher wages and overtime regulations.”

“The staff was unwilling to cooperate with the recently enforced regulations,” he wrote. “Business was great but couldn’t withstand the challenges of operating a single unit restaurant.” Employees speculated that Feldman was planning to file for bankruptcy, but he didn’t address that in his email.

East of Eighth was known for the photos of drag performers that lined its walls, along with drawings of patrons and employees, Warren said. Several works of art created by drag performer Hedda Lettuce were on permanent display at the restaurant, according to her website. An employee of Feldman’s catering company (Benjamin Catering), which he simultaneously shut down, said the restaurant had been around for more than two decades. “It’s very unfortunate — it’s definitely going to be missed,” she said. “It was a neighborhood gem, essentially.”

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Tue 12 2015 , by

Le Petit Parisien

Le Petit Parisien


Despite translating to “the little Parisian,” the 19th-century newspaper that this French sandwich nook is named after once boasted the world’s largest media circulation. Defunct since 1944, its memory lives on thanks to the the newspaper owner’s great-grandsons—and first-time New York restaurateurs—Jean and Paul Dupuy, who lovingly papered the walls of their twee East Village shop with weathered issues found in a box in their grandmother’s attic. Sandwiches built with Orwasher’s Bakery baguettes and traditional cured meats likewise pay homage to history, with names reading like a who’s who of French icons: a Napoleon comes with saucisson sec (sausage) and butter; the Edith Piaf nestles cornichons and duck rillettes; and a Marie-Antoinette bookends 16-month cured ham with fresh goat cheese, olive oil and honey. Snag one of just six seats at the counter, fitted with reclaimed wood from a Connecticut printing plant, to make your sandwich a meal with Malongo coffee or sparkling lemonades by the Alsace-based Effervé.

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from Gothamist: http://gothamist.com/2015/02/18/caffe_dante_not_closing.php

Despite a rumor that was seemingly confirmed by an employee, 100-year-old Caffe Dante will not be closing anytime soon. “It’s not closing,” the cafe’s owner Mario Flotta said in no uncertain terms over the phone this afternoon. “I’m telling you right now it’s not closing.”

The story began Monday when a tipster told Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York that a group of Australians had bought the business and would be taking over imminently. No one answered when we called last week, but staffers confirmed to Vanishing New York that the cafe was closing. Flotta now says there must have been a misunderstanding; DNAinfo broke the good news this afternoon.

“Somebody who works here is having a good time pulling these rumors,” Flotta told us by phone. “I think I know who she is. I don’t know…she must have misunderstood because she likes to be in everyone’s business. She must have overheard somebody talking and she misunderstood the whole situation.”

“We still have the best espresso not just in the Village, but in the whole city and more,” Flotta continued. He also hoped their revamped menu would continue to serve the next generation of Greenwich Village residents and visitors. As for the gossipy employee, Flotta has some plans in store. “Now she’s away, she’s in Santo Domingo with her husband. I’m waiting for her to come back to give her a piece of my mind!”…

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From Moscow With Love participant drama at Moscow 57. Information from The Aces & Ops website:

Saturday December 13th, 2014 (Click HERE for our Press Release)

  • Moscow 57 (moscow57.com) 168 1/2 Delancey Street NYC (map)
  • 7:00 Doors (arriving early highly encouraged)
  • Tickets $25 (no tickets sold at the door — almost sold out!)
  • Customized, immersive espionage role-play social game experience for everyone
  • Featuring music by Yuri Lemeshev & Ellen Kaye, Dmitry & Maria (of the DODO Orchestra), Ethan Fein and the M 57 Band plus Moscow 57’s & Aces & Operatives’ own Cici James (as Ima Nokov) and other special guests!
  • Cinematography & Photography by Alvin Caal (dress to impress!)
  • Exotic Russian small plates will be passed to arriving guests plus a delicious authentic Russian cuisine quick order menu for all players to order throughout the evening
  • 1960’s ‘Mod Era’ costume or formal dress code (examples: rouge agent, femme fatale, dapper executive, heiress, henchmen, Eastern European oligarch, polished politician, intelligence director, beat reporter, world renowned performer etc.

Please note: with your ticket purchase you agree to sign a waiver/release upon arrival for use of photos and video taken and recorded at the event. This allows us to build on our experience for the future and also gives our unique cosplay attendees an amazing chance to be glamorized!

Danger Lair is our one-of-a-kind immersive and transformative theatrical role-play event. You will find yourself invited to an exclusive event during the height of the Cold War. The social connections you make and the decisions you choose will dictate the fate of the world in spectacular fashion during an evening of role-play, music, and entertainment!

Limited spots. Ticket purchasers will be emailed their unique character and personal story before the event. “

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From Buzzfeed:

1. Katz’s Delicatessen
Katz’s Delicatessen

Located in the Lower East Side, Katz’s has changed little since it was first opened by Russian immigrants in 1888. Although the deli has seen some notable changes (like moving across the street when the subway was being constructed), the famous pastrami sandwiches and hot dogs have stayed true to their original recipes (though you’ll probably be in line a lot longer than back in the 19th century!). Still, the queue at 205 E Houston St. is definitely worth it.
Source: en.wikipedia.org / via: katzsdelicatessen.com
2. Gin Palace
Gin Palace

In the 1800s, “gin palace” was a broad term for any particularly lavish bar that also specialized in gin. Though this genre of bar has inexplicably never been as popular since, recently New York got its very own—aptly named “Gin Palace.” Not only do they offer almost every type of gin imaginable, the decor mimics the Victorian style AND they have G&Ts on tap. Like, have you ever even heard of such a thing?! Order up a round of G&Ts at 95 Avenue A promptly, please.
Source: instagram.com / via: ginpalaceny.com
3. McSorley’s Old Ale House
McSorley’s Old Ale House

At McSorley’s, you can sit down and grab a drink at the same place former presidents Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt once did. Opened in 1854, every wall is adorned with relics of New York’s past. The bar is so tied to its past, in fact, that it still only offers two beers on tap—McSorley’s Light and McSorley’s Dark. So pick a side—light or dark—and grab a draft at 15 E. 7th St.
Via: en.wikipedia.org
4. A.T. Stewart Company Store / 280 Broadway
A.T. Stewart Company Store / 280 Broadway

Alexander Turney Stewart first opened his mercantile business across from what became the famous “280 Broadway” back in the 1840s. It was immediately successful, and over the course of the next decade he gradually expanded it down the block, eventually making it New York’s first department store. While it encompasses a variety of stores nowadays, its astounding architecture remains one of the most reminiscent of a time period now long gone.
Via: en.wikipedia.org
5. Pete’s Tavern
Pete’s Tavern

When you first see this Gramercy Park institution, you’re greeted with a plaque denoting its official historic landmark status. Most of Pete’s original furniture hasn’t stood the test of time like the building has, but the most important thing has—its in-house brew, 1864 Ale, follows the same recipe it did when it was first released that same year. If you’re unsure whether beers from 200 years ago taste as good as Natty Ice (hint: yes), you should swing by 129 E. 18th St.
Via: petestavern.com
6. The Old Homestead Steakhouse
The Old Homestead Steakhouse

Remember when the Meatpacking District was, you know, actually about meatpacking? Well, the Old Homestead Steakhouse is a testament to that past. Founded in 1868, Homestead has maintained close relationships with local butchers ever since, and as a result they get the first pick of meats for their famously large cuts.…

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