LoSide DinerAs we mourn the passing of the Times Square Howard Johnson, at least we can gain some comfort knowing that it's spirit lives on at the LoSide Diner (pictured at left during construction), scheduled to open this weekend. Brian Crawford, former executive chef at Dean & DeLuca, calls the new Lower East Side comfort food joint "an ode to HoJo's," despite the fact that it's not painted orange and turquoise.

157 East Houston Street between Allen and Eldridge, 212-254-2080