— After weeks of anticipation, Brooklyn's first-ever location of Dairy Queen is finally open at 27 Graham Avenue:
This is the Normcore ice cream shop that East WilliamsWick so desperately needed. Dairy Queen had no presence in NYC three years ago, but now there's a location of the chain in every borough. Warren Buffett must be very pleased with himself.
— Busta Rhymes was arrested for throwing a protein shake at a gym employee last night. The incident happened at Steel Gym on West 23rd Street.
— Joshua and Heidi Smookler are taking Mu Ramen on the road for a pop-up in Washington D.C. this week. Eater D.C. reports that the Smooklers are actually using this event "as a testing ground for interest" in the area. The Mu team is looking at spaces in Georgetown and Arlington for a possible spinoff of the popular ramen restaurant.
— Following in the footsteps of David Chang and Shake Shack, Mighty Quinn's has added a spicy crispy chicken sandwich to the menu. It's made with thigh meat that's smoked then fried. The chicken patty is served on a brioche bun with chili lime sauce, plus pickled celery and cucumbers. Owner Hugh Mangum tells Gothamist: "I was resistant to doing a fried chicken item before because of logistics and we were going to offer a chicken sandwich as a lighter fare, healthier item...Then seeing that this thing was happening was kind of, well, hell with it, let's throw caution to the wind."
— Last night's episode of The Jim Gaffigan Show featured cameos from Smith & Wollensky, Katz's, and Sardi's. Also, someone attempted to bribe Gaffigan with a Cronut:
You can watch the episode online for free.
— Rupert Jee has taken the "Letterman" sandwich off the menu at Hello Deli, which is located in the same building as The Ed Sullivan Theater. He also switched the name of the popular "Schaffer" sandwich to "The Colbert," as a tribute to the Late Show's new host, Stephen Colbert.
— East Village bar/venue Lit Lounge is currently closed. Last month, the owners announced plans to shutter the space and open a new iteration of the bar in Bushwick. A teacher was arrested a few weeks ago for allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old in the bar's bathroom. A neighbor tells EV Grieve that the bar has been dark since the week of the arrest. The owners of the bar have not made any announcements about its closure, and a new team has applied for a liquor license for that space.
— If everything goes according to plan, Anthony Bourdain will debut his ambitious new international food market in the next year or so. The chef/author/omnipresent food media star tells Time about the inspiration behind this project:
I’m looking very much at a Singaporean hawker center as a model. Or a Chinese dai pai dong, like they have in Hong Kong. But there is nothing like it in the States that I’m aware of. And there’s certainly nothing like it in New York. It’s an amazement to me that nobody has done that.
A few months ago, news broke that Bourdain and his crew were in negotiations for a giant space at Pier 57 — AKA the SuperPier — where Google will be a future tenant. The project is slated to include a beer garden, a bakery, a tapas bar, and numerous Singaporean hawker-style food stalls. Along with the Torrisi Four Seasons revamp, this is arguably one of the most-anticipated openings of 2016.
— And finally, here are Marc Murphy's tips for cooking lobster: