In the Wake of Irene: The East Village and LES Comes Back to Life

Here are some pictures of what I saw today on the Lower East Side and in the East Village. I tried when I tool pictures of restaurants that were open to include the name so if you are looking for a place to eat tonight you will know at least a few places to try.

And several people drinking booze…this was a common sign to see lots of places that could open but the cooks were MIA because of the storm.

I got some grease on my camera lens and it’s not coming off and it’s making me crazy!

Frankies on Clinton Street.

Lavagna on East 5th and Avenue B.

Casimir on Ave B and 6th.

Tiramisu anyone? Paradiso has you covered.

The carnage in at our community garden La Plaza Cultural, we lost one of the big Willows, a Linden and a Plum tree….and maybe one or two others I couldn’t see from behind the fence.

Thankfully the Brix wine store across the street was open so we could drown our sorrows over the loss of that Willow…

The Sunburnt Cow whose back room just missed being crushed by a downed tree was open and happening!

And at Zum Schneider it was business as usual, which means packed.

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note:
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