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Angelina Opens Tonight: How It’s Looking, What It’s Cooking - The Local East Village Blog - NYTimes.com


Angelina Opens Tonight: How It’s Looking, What It’s Cooking


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Photos: Alexa Mae Asperin

Angelina Cafe will reopen this evening across from its former location on Avenue A.

Starting at 5 p.m., you’ll be able to indulge in favorites like the grilled tuna steak or try new dishes such as a Tunisian burger with goat cheese, roasted pepper and harissa mayonnaise. In the next weeks, daily specials will be introduced to the menu of $20-and-under items, which you can see below.

Imen Bouzgarrou, who opened Angelina alongside husband Rafik in 2002, said she was excited to have a “newer, bigger, open space to attract more customers.” As previously reported, the Tunisian natives’ landlord wanted to raise their rent at 36B Avenue A to $7,500 per month – on par with what they’re paying for the larger venue across the street, Mrs. Bouzgarrou confirmed.

In addition to handmade pastas and a more expansive wine selection, the new Angelina boasts a private party area where larger groups can relax behind an orange curtain.

Dinner will be served this week from 5 p.m. to close and brunch is served on the weekends. Lunch will begin next week and breakfast will eventually be incorporated into regular business hours.

Angelina, 37 Avenue A (between East Second and Third Streets); (212) 533-7183