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The Crooked Knife & Poor Poetessa

The Crooked Knife
30th St., btwn. Madison & Park Aves.
Opening Night – February 22 (Thursday)
Seating on a walk-in basis only for now

The owners of Arlene’s Grocery, pioneers who brought music to the Lower East Side, are expanding their horizons into the restaurant realm.  Come next week, they open The Crooked Knife, a New American spot with a decidedly British bent.  I smell a gastropub effect in the Big Apple.  Australian-born chef Kelly Quinn will head up the kitchen at this homey haunt with generous seating.

92 Second Ave., btwn. 5th & 6th Sts.

It seems this East Village Italian has closed its doors for good. Formerly East Post, Poetessa seemed an attractive neighborhood go-to for predictable tomato-studded staples.  While the fare was just “good enough”, the candlelight and poetry-laden walls had a neighborhood charm.  Hell, even Bruni seemed to have a soft spot for this restaurant.  It’s anyone’s guess who will tempt the space next…

Until we eat again,
Restaurant Girl
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