Category Archives: Lower East Side

WD50

Chef Wylie Dufresne opened WD50 in 2003, and his Modern American menu has been constantly evolving ever since.  In his kitchen, 14 employees work full time.  He says that he and his crew are constantly trying to understand as much as possible about food in order to cook in an informed way.  When spending precious time with his family, Chef Dufresne loves to cook simple meals such as roast chicken and mashed potatoes.  When dining out, he and his wife like to go to Ssam Bar.   50 Clinton Street  www.wd50.com

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Satsko

Seven years ago, Satsko Watanabe left a career as a computer consultant to open this sake bar and restaurant.  Having no background in the food industry, she drew from her experience as a someone who loves to cook and entertain.  She incorporates the traditional cuisine of her native Japan with ingredients such as brown rice, olive oil, avocado and cilantro and attributes her Westernized style to the fact that she has lived in New York a long time.  Satsko is a neighborhood bar and restaurant with a local and friendly crowd.  Two marriages,  three engagements and counting – in the words of Satsko “people meet people here”.   There is a crew of two working each night:  one in the tiny kitchen and one behind the equally small bar.  They are open for dinner nightly, whereas the latest and second Lower East Side location will be serving brunch as of this coming weekend!  207 East 7th Street www.satsko.com and 245 Eldridge Street

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Kinski

This small restaurant specializing in central European and Austrian food is owned and run by Zipora Freid.  Originally from Israel, Freid grew up in Austria.  Kinski is famous for its laid back atmosphere, Viennese coffee, and authentic sausages and dumplings.  Her signature dish is the Kaspressknödel.   She has two employees, one who is Geman and the other Japanese.  English and German are spoken in the kitchen.  128 Rivington Street   www.kinski-nyc.com


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Classic Coffee Shop

This old school establishment has been in business for 34 years.  It’s owner, Carmine Morales, of Italian and Puerto Rican parents, started out working in the shop with his father.  When his parents passed away, he took over the business, which he now runs alone.   Family portraits hang on the shop’s walls alongside photos of famous boxers, the Beatles, and Frank Sinatra.  Mr. Morales attended school across the street and has always lived in the neighborhood.  He likes to play an eclectic mix of big band, oldies and current pop music.  56 Hester Street

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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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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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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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