It's Back!: Lower East Side's (Zucco:)Le French Diner

It's Back!: Lower East Side's (Zucco:)Le French Diner

New York is an ever-changing beast; businesses open and shutter like the thousands of blinking eyes that take survey her sidewalks. My heart sank when a Lower East Side staple, Zucco: Le French Diner, closed in August 2013 (sacrebleu!)—three years after Zucco, the then-owner, dropped dead from a heart attack right outside the venue.  I've had many a good meal there since discovering the spot (and written blogs about it) and was reeling, wondering where I'd get my baguette-and-mussels fix now.

Luckily, the spot just found its second wind (Thanks for letting us know, Bowery Boogie). This time, without the name of Zucco on the French flag-colored awning (le sigh). Pierre Moulin, yet another Frenchman, is taking the reigns. I've yet to stop by—but mark my words (and no, those words are not 'let them eat cake')—I shall. I'll catch you there. Let's raise a baguette to a future filled with eats from Europe's elegant foodie haven.

» Le French Diner, 188 Orchard St., btw Stanton & E. Houston sts.

Photo via yelp.com, Andrew O.