— East Sixth Street Mediterranean restaurant Zerza closed recently. The signage has been removed from the space and now EV Grieve hears the rumor that a new restaurant called Merica NYC is moving in. According to the burger joint’s Facebook page — which mentions East Sixth Street but does not include an exact address — this restaurant will specialize in food that "laughs in the face of caution and holds two middle fingers way up high." A sample menu includes the "T-Rump Burger," which is described as: "Ground rump roast burger (the ass of the animal) half white American cheese half Mexican pepper jack cheese separated by a wall of sautéed mushrooms onions and sweet peppers." Stay tuned for more details on how this space evolves in the coming weeks.
— Mister Dips, the new burger and soft serve stand at The William Vale Hotel in Williamsburg, is almost ready to rock and roll. Chef Andrew Carmellini offers a sneak peek at the airstream trailer that will house the operation:
Mr Dips opens later this week pic.twitter.com/60zjblMfKt— Andrew Carmellini (@andrecarmellini) September 27, 2016
It’s slated to open tomorrow. Brace.
— Coby Farrow, a chef who did a brief stint at Pulqueria, is planning to open a new restaurant in the former Bacchanal space at 146 Bowery called Esther & Carol Bistro. No word yet on what type of food this restaurant will serve, but a sign on the plywood indicates that it will also have a counterpart called E & C Burger.
— Jimmy Fallon partied hard at Manitoba’s in the East Village last Thursday. A spy tells Page Six: "He was at the end of the bar playing ’90s music on his phone....He would have the bartender hook it up and start dancing. He was very drunk, cutting up and making people laugh."
— Eight-month-old Georgian restaurant Red Compass Lounge just shed half of its dining room space at 154 Orchard Street. A "for rent" sign now hangs in the window of the northern portion of the two conjoined storefronts.
— As a teaser for the people of Los Angeles, The Nomad team is launching a food truck next month which will serve fried fish sandwiches, falafel pitas, Humm dogs, and chicken burgers. The truck will make its debut at the Desert Trip festival in Indio. Every few months, the team will collaborate with a different chef, and the truck will move to a new corresponding location. First up is The Line Hotel, where Roy Choi will collaborate on the menu with The Nomad's kitchen crew.
— Post critic Steve Cuozzo thinks all the Chipotle haters can stuff their sorries in a sack. He loves the chain and isn’t scared by the threat of salmonella or norovirus: "[U]ntil and unless there’s another catastrophe, I’m unafraid to line up for my Chipotle. I’m hoping that its fresh, tasty burritos and bowls will win in the end."
— After a short break because of the U.S. Open, the Queens International Night Market will return for its fall run on October 8. The weekly event in the space behind the New York Hall of Science will feature dozens of vendors selling food that will be priced at or below $6.
— This week, Voice critic Zachary Feldman visits Win Son, the new Bushwick Taiwanese-American restaurant from Josh Ku and Trigg Brown: "The restaurant's traditional Taiwanese dishes don't stray too far from their standard formulas, yet they still feel transformed. Fermented black beans impart a funky piquancy to the 'flies head' — ground pork shoulder stir-fried with minced garlic chives — while the slightly doughy scallion pancakes arrive in an uneven row, rolled around tender grass-fed beef shanks and set off by a scattering of frizzled garlic."
— Joy Behar tells West Side Rag about her favorite restaurants in the neighborhood: "I like to go to the Atlantic Grill. I’m there constantly because it’s right near my office....Cibo e Vino, which I like, and Gennaro’s is my number one favorite Italian restaurant. You can’t beat Gennaro’s for great Italian food on Amsterdam and 92nd. They’re the best. It’s like eating in Italy, really."
— And finally, here’s a look at how the matcha cream puffs are made at Bibble & Sip: