Seen & Heard: Austrian Bakery Is Off

••• Martin Auer says his plans for a Martin Auer Bakehouse at 249 Church (northeast corner of Franklin) have fallen through.

••• This upcoming Tuesday brings Dine Around Downtown, the Downtown Alliance’s food festival at 28 Liberty (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.): “The Downtown Alliance’s fifteenth community tasting event, co-presented with Fosun, continues as a downtown tradition in bringing together some of the finest culinary establishments in Lower Manhattan.  It is open to the public and admission is free.  Signature menu items will be available from participating restaurants for between $3-$7.”

Dine Around Downtown courtesy Downtown Alliance••• Also on Tuesday: The River Project‘s Meet the Fishes event (4-7 p.m.). “Splash with the fishes, crabs, and other animals in our Wetlab, and watch our live dive [at 5 p.m.]! Refreshments will be served and prizes will be raffled. This is a free event! Join us in the Wetlab on the south walkway of Pier 40 at Houston and West Streets. For more information or to RSVP, please email”

••• Warren 77 has some frisky new signage.

••• 60 Hudson left a door in a western window display open, offering another glimpse inside.

••• I’m pretty excited about Hemlock, a new “vegetable forward” restaurant on Rivington. We ordered seven dishes and all were good.

••• The Joe café and Havaianas flip-flop shop at the World Trade Center mall have opened, reports Anthony. They’re on the corridor leading to Brookfield Place.



  1. Hemlock sounds very intriguing…have to try it…still looking for more vegan options in the area (recommendations welcome! Even non-vegan places that have vegan options)

    • But that name…”Hemlock”? Sounds a bit, well…poisonous, no?

    • A little farther east (on East Broadway & Essex) is JaJaJa – a vegan Mexican restaurant with great cocktails and delicious, affordably priced food. It’s my new favorite in the LES.

  2. Indeed it does Will
    Poison plant. Maybe they are being