Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Mee Noodle Shop returning to First Avenue
As you may have heard yesterday, Mee Noodle Shop is returning to the East Village after a seven-year absence, as Eater first reported.
Mee was previously on the northwest corner of First Avenue and 13th Street — now home to a Starbucks and that new stack of apartments.
So Mee Noodle Shop, once a favorite spot for Allen Ginsburg (steamed flounder in ginger sauce), is taking a storefront a few doors up from its previous location of 15 years ... to the space recently vacated by Birdbath Neighborhood Green Bakery.
Up until last week, designer Demian Repucci had plans to open a pizzeria here at 223 First Ave. Bruno Pizza LLC was on this month's CB3/SLA committee docket. This would be the first time running a restaurant for Repucci, who along with designer Thomas Schlesser, won the James Beard Foundation award for Best Restaurant Design for his work with Blackbird Restaurant in Chicago.
However, the lease didn't work out, and Repucci said via email that he is working on securing another space.
A broker told Eater that the Mee should be open in a month or so, though that seems really optimistic ...
Previously on EV Grieve:
Today in rumors of another Starbucks opening in the East Village
Starbucks confirmed for 219 First Ave., former home to Allen Ginsberg's favorite Chinese restaurant