Last year, when Nolita Thai fixture Lovely Day was felled by a building fire shortly before their annual Halloween party (a tradition among downtown graphic-designer types), we never could have imagined that they’d be closed for an entire year. Through some stroke of kismet, they reopened this Halloween night for a party to benefit the building’s tenants’ association (although Lovely Day finally got the Department of Buildings’s go-ahead to reoccupy the building, tenants are still waiting). The menu is pretty much the same (the old chef returned to duty, as did much of the staff), and there’s a new drinks list featuring old-fashioned cocktails with an Asian twist. Delivery is already up and running, and the restaurant will now open at 11 a.m. rather than noon for lunch. Lovely indeed!
Lovely Day before it closed last year. Photo: Gavin Thomas