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Lowlife Brings High-End Dining to the Lower East Side

Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 09:11 AM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

Power duo Hugh Crickmore, former partner of Mas (farmhouse), and chef Alex Leonard, of two Michelin-starred Blanca, teamed up to open Lowlife on the Lower East Side.

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Officially open to the public on Monday, the 70-seat restaurant showcases a thoughtful approach to seasonal ingredients. The à la carte menu, which draws inspiration from Japanese culinary techniques, features refined dishes—including lamb tartare with mint and shrimp salt, borscht with raw cream and trout roe, and yakitori-style chicken grilled on a robata—all elegantly plated, though the setting is casual and comfortable.

Leonard is embracing more complex techniques and flavor combinations, while allowing the ingredients to shine. Much of the kitchen’s produce hails from an organic Catskills farm owned by Crickmore’s brother, breads are sourced from Roberta’s in Brooklyn, and the chef makes his own vinegars, pickles, kimchee, freshly-churned butter, and cheese in-house.

With beautifully presented modern fare, a wine list focused on natural and sustainable winemaking, and a mid-century-modern-inspired interior, one thing is certain about this Stanton Street newcomer: there’s nothing lowlife about it.

Lowlife, 178 Stanton Street, 212.257.0509, lowlifenyc.com | Image: Melissa Hom for Grub Street

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Meatball Mania

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 02:01 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow, co-owners of The Meatball Shop, sure know how to grind up some great meatballs. Their Lower East Side meat-centric hotspot dishes out a fresh twist on a tried-and-true classic dish—certainly not an easy feat—and has gained a cult following since opening in February 2010.

Photos courtesy of MetroMix & TheMeatballShop.com

The longtime buddies started the ambitious joint venture based on the notion, “who doesn’t love a good meatball?” Within less than a year, their laid-back Stanton Street meatball mecca has garnered a loyal fan base, steady stream of first-foray success and quite the media buzz. Brooklynites can get on the ball soon too—an expansion to Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg was announced recently.

Last Friday, the dynamic duo hit up Late Night to teach Jimmy Fallon a thing or two about making their famous meatballs. Click here for the funny, innuendo-filled (boys will be boys) demo segment and recipes. While balling it up with Fallon, news dropped of plans for a third location in the West Village—a Greenwich Street shop is set to open this summer. There’s even a cookbook in the works.

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