— Coffee shop-turned-tasting menu parlor Fair Weather Bushwick has closed for good after less than three years in business. Owner Ebru Brun tells Bushwick Daily that things got more complicated when the space turned into a full-fledged restaurant at the beginning of the year, but she ultimately decided to shut down the operation because she wanted to spend more time with her family. Apparently, a few other restaurateurs are already scoping out the space.
— The Breads Bakery team is opening a seasonal kiosk inside the Bryant Park Holiday Market this Saturday. The pop-up shop will sell five varieties of "cretzels" (pretzels-croissants, which were arguably invented at City Bakery over a decade ago) with an assortment of dipping sauces for $9 a pop. It’ll be open through January 2. The bakery also has a year-round kiosk on the northwest corner of the park, which serves Eater critic Ryan Sutton’s favorite tuna sandwich.
— New York is getting yet another restaurant from a major Japanese-based group. Steve Cuozzo reports that Create Restaurant Holdings, a company with over 800 dining establishments worldwide, is planning to open a new project called Naoki at 311 West 17th Street. According to a liquor license application, the restaurant is named after company managing director Naoki Takahashi, who is moving to NYC for the opening. No word yet on what the focus of the menu will be.
— In other Cuozzo-related news, the Post critic struck out at an unnamed outer-borough restaurant last night:
Just ate at Olive Garden. And because I could not be seated at intended restaurant in a borough not my own, I am happy— Steve Cuozzo (@stevecuozzo) October 27, 2016
Was the Cuozz trying to dine at the new Cheesecake Factory at the Queens Center Mall, perchance?
— New York City Uber couriers are organizing together to fight for better wages and benefits. Last November, the company cut the commissions on deliveries by about 20 percent. The New York Taxi Workers Alliance is advising the group of couriers, who protested at City Hall last week. This group has the support of City Councilman Brad Lander.
— Tribeca Citizen files his first impressions of Tom Colicchio’s new restaurant Fowler & Wells in the Beekman Hotel: "As at so many new restaurants, the management was polished, and our server got the job done, but things went awry farther down the chain of command." On the food: "Everything we had at Fowler & Wells looked great but lacked that punch of flavor—even the truffles and the baked Alaska." The restaurant is in a preview mode, wherein a 15 percent discount is applied to all guest checks.
— Henry Meer, the chef from now-defunct Financial District restaurant City Hall, is running a wine shop in the Westfield shopping mall at the World Trade Center. It’s called Pure Liquid Wine & Spirits.
— East Village Meat Market is giving out free pierogi samples today till 6 p.m.
— A sign at the Park Slope Food Co-op warns about the very real avocado shortage right now. The headline of this long message is: "WE WILL RUN OUT OF AVOCADOS."
— And finally, here’s a look at how to make naked cakes in the style of Christina Tosi and the Momofuku Milk Bar crew: