Russ & Daughters cafe reopens after pandemic hiatus

Russ & Daughters Cafe is back on the Lower East Side for full service after a two-year hiatus last week, a spokesperson for the restaurant told Eater. The New York institution closed its doors in March 2020 and has remained closed since, except for deliveries and take-out offers. The restaurant at 127 Orchard Street, near Delancey Street, is again selling smoked fish platters, egg custards and matzo dumpling soup. Opening hours are Thursday to Monday, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. No reservations.

Meanwhile, in early spring, it was reported that the Russ & Daughters Upper East Side outpost inside the Jewish Museum would be closing permanently. In Brooklyn, the Russ & Daughters operation, which opened inside the Brooklyn Navy Yards in 2019, remains open.

A new cheese factory will replace Stinky in Cobble Hill

Smith Street’s Stinky Bklyn closed in 2020 – a loss to locals. Now, a new cheese shop and “wine tavern” called Bee’s Knees Provisions is set to take over the space. According to an Instagram post, the company comes from Taj Singh, owner of the Ditmas Park cocktail bar, the Castello Plan. Bee’s Knees Provisions will offer cheese, charcuterie and sandwiches up front, with wine and beer available at the back bar.

Pasta Louise is having a treasure hunt today

According to an Instagram post from pasta favorite Park Slope, Pasta Louise is having a scavenger hunt today. Beginning at 3 p.m., the team will hide bags between their original location at 803 Eighth Avenue, Eighth Street, and their new dining facility at 114 Eighth Avenue, 12th Street. The bags will be filled with goodies like lemonade and tickets for free meals at the establishment.

Vegetarian Kajitsu is set to close in September

Kajitsu, a Midtown temple to fine Japanese vegetarian cuisine, is leaving. The New York Times reports that owner Shuichiro Kobori has decided not to renew the lease; his last day is Sunday, September 18. Kajitsu originally operated in the East Village, then moved to its current location in Midtown. In 2013, at its new location at East 39th Street, Pete Wells awarded the restaurant two stars, saying it was a better incarnation than the original.

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