The Day | New Italian Spot on East Sixth

LitroSuzanne Rozdeba

Good morning, East Village.

According to a tipster, signage for an “Italian restaurant bar,” Litro, has gone up in the old Zerza space at 308 East Sixth Street. Stay tuned for more.

Paper reports that Max Fish is opening an outpost on the Asbury Park boardwalk. “Max Fish at the Beach Bar, located on the boardwalk, will be open weekends starting this Saturday through Memorial Day, and then open every day after that.”

In The Times, Winnie Varghese, the priest in charge of St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery, argues that churches should be tax-exempt. “Moderate and progressive religion is overwhelmingly formed in the U.S., and it is an essential voice in national and international discourse,” she says. “We are an important moral and ethical voice for society as a whole, a voice that has to be religious to respond to other kinds of religious movements.”

Capital New York notes that in conjunction with Cecil Taylor’s first New York City performances since 2009, Anthology Film Archives will, on May 22, present a night of concert films with the legendary avant-garde jazz pianist in attendance.

DNA Info has caught on to all the Japanese hairdressers in the nabe: “About a dozen hair salons with a Japanese influence dot the neighborhood’s streets, creating a replica of the young, hip salons of the Harajuku suburb in Tokyo, which is widely known for its innovative street styles.”

Grub Street notes that Brix Wine Shop is having its annual rosé gala May 18: “Twenty rosés from top wine importers will be paired with local bites from East Village food shops and restaurants.”

Fork in the Road discovers that at Greek newcomer Boukies, “there are lots of dishes for vegetarians and vegans to enjoy. One of the best Fork in the Road has tasted so far is patzarosalata.”

Fork in the Road is also sold on Hot Kitchen’s deep-fried mantou, a “plain Chinese steamed pastry made with flour and injected with leavening agents. It’s the Chinese equivalent of white toast.”

Two of the East Village’s most popular restaurants are in expansion mode: Ippudo is opening a (seemingly delayed) location in midtown, according to Midtown Lunch. And DNA Info reports that S’Mac is trying to raise $100,000 via Kickstarter to fund a new store in Murray Hill.