Monthly Archives: May 2010

Brown cafe

This small restaurant serves progressive American food, with an emphasis on local, seasonal and organic ingredients. Its chef, Gregory Torrech, has been cooking for the last fourteen years alongside the likes of Todd English, and Neil Ferguson. He describes the food at Brown as being simple and fresh, made using French classical technique. The Bavette is one of their signature dishes. Brown’s owner, the Oaxaca-native chef Alejandro Alcocer has built a community of businesses along Hester Street. The space next door to Brown houses his catering company, Green, which is downstairs from Orange epicerie, a space that is primarily used for private dinners. Out front antique bikes are sold, and on the weekends, the crew has a food stand at the Hester Steet Fair. 61 Hester Street www.greenbrownorange.com


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Le Pescadeux

The owners of this restaurant, who hail from Quebec and France, celebrate the influence of French-Canadian cooking on communities from the Maritime to New Orleans. They serve local East Coast seafood, and their most popular dishes include the roasted calamari, and soft-shell crab. Brazilian Chef Adriano Ricco, who has been in New York City for the last six years, learned to cook at an early age having grown up in a food-loving Italian family.
90 Thompson Street www.lepescadeux.com

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La Barra Cevicheria

Chef and owner Allen Feldman, a Mexico City native, serves fresh ceviche, tacos and empanadas.  All food is made on the premises, behind the bar using a small oven or convection hot plate.  Most of the food purveyors are located nearby at Essex Street Market, and Chinatown.  250 Broome Street www.labarranyc.com

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Zum Schneider

For the last ten years, Sylvester Schneider’s authentic Bavarian haunt has been a popular destination for those who love traditional German food, a festive atmosphere, and of course beer.  The kitchen is not large, and will have four or five people working in it each night, but its well-organized set up makes for an efficient operation.  107 Avenue C

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Arcane

Owners Christine Ebel and Benjamin Alter, a brother and sister team, decided to bring the laid back atmosphere and French Carribean flavor of the Guadaloupe, where they grew up, to the East Village.  Their chef, Vule Dabethic, has worked in kitchens throughout the city after a stint living in Brazil.  In the kitchen, Spanish, Serbian and English are spoken.  111 Avenue C

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The Ten Bells

Owned by a Frenchman named Fifi – former GM of the French bistro le Pere Pinard – and several partners, this wine bar was built by combining two tenement building apartments. It is named after a historic London pub said to have been frequented by Jack the Ripper and some of his victims.  They serve tapas, and raw oysters, which are all prepared behind the bar.  Each Sunday night is dedicated to a pork dish featuring a different part of the animal.  English, French and Spanish are spoken.  247 Broome Street www.thetenbells.com/

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