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Peek at 74 Orchard, LES Food Tours, Dragon Fruit, Falai | The Lo-Down : News from the Lower East Side
It's been a really busy week on the LES restaurant scene. The health department shut down The National Underground. The Doughnut Plant made plans to expand. Cafe Grumpy opened. In other food news: We took a sneak peek at the renovations inside 74 Orchard, the former home of the short-lived Bunny Chow and the future home of an as-yet-unnamed burgers and fish-and-chips joint backed by the owners of Los Feliz. The Tenement Museum's Annie Polland talked about German beer halls of old and the Lower East Side food tours beginning next week. Dragon fruit is making its way onto American menus, and the chef at Alias says, "It looks like something out of Star Wars, like Jabba the Hut would be eating." Iacopo Falai is expanding his LES empire with a new trattoria at 77 Clinton St.