Israeli import Breads Bakery, which pretty much launched the babka revolution of the moment, is expanding to Midtown in just a couple of weeks, reports Flo Fab. The team is getting ready to take over one of the kiosks in Bryant Park left behind by 'wichcraft, which decided not to renew its lease at the end of 2014. No word yet on precisely what the kiosk will carry, but a mix of sweet and savory pastries like those offered downtown and coffee seem likely and a rep says the babka is guaranteed to be available. Other kiosks will be filled by Le Pain Quotidien, which already operates a full-service location across from the park, and Belgian waffle specialists Wafels & Dinges.
Flo Fab also drops some news about UrbanSpace's brick and mortar market just north of Grand Central. Following in the footsteps of food halls like Gotham West and the new City Kitchen, which are helping ease Midtown lunch woes, UrbanSpace Vanderbilt will open this summer. The market will have 20 vendors, including a new project from No. 7 Sub's Tyler Kord with veggie burgers and his popular broccoli tacos. Amali will also be there serving wine and rose popsicles, Red Hook Lobster Pound will operate a raw bar, and La Palapa will open a taco bar. Other residents include Toby's Estate, market regular Bar Suzette, and vegetarian vendor Two Tablespoons. There were rumors of Roberta's opening its first brick and mortar location outside of the Bushwick complex, but given all of the legal battles going on there, that seems to be unlikely, or at least on the back burner for now.