Essex Street’s market improvement

Above: Essex Market then…. The Lower East Side this weekend was filled with young fashionable people in their 20s flitting about from restaurant to bar from dusk till the early morning. Of course the neighborhood still has a strong presence from the Puerto Rican and Chinese communities, but they close up well before the nightowls […]

A classic Village dive, but not for five

If the Soup Nazi and Kenny Shopsin were to cage fight, who would leave the ring victorious? My money’s on Kenny. While the Seinfeld-minted icon Soup Nazi — er, make that The Original Soup Man — turns his grizzled, stubborn formula of delicious soups into a city-wide franchise, the far more eccentric owner of Shopsin’s […]