— Chef Han Chiang is planning a new outpost of his popular Sichuan restaurant Han Dynasty in Downtown Brooklyn’s City Point development. A few portions of this sprawling retail/condo complex will make their debuts by the end of the year, but Han Dynasty Brooklyn will likely open in 2017. The new restaurant will be located in a 60,000 square foot dining concourse, and it will have a 100 seat dining room as well as a take-out kiosk. Chiang also has locations in the East Village and on the Upper West Side, as well as in Philadelphia — where the chain started — and New Jersey.
— Al Di Meglio’s Williamsburg Italian hot spot Barano launches brunch this weekend. The menu includes some of the pizzas and pastas from the dinner menu, as well as more breakfast-oriented items like an egg-topped faro bowl, mortadella hash, and lemon semolina pancakes. During brunch, Di Meglio will also serve a fried rabbit for two with pastelle, Calabrian hot sauce, and a parmesan-honey biscuit. Brunch rolls from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Check out the full menu here.
— Kenny Shopsin’s enigmatic Essex Street Market restaurant Shopsin’s is now offering delivery via Caviar. The mac and cheese pancakes are available:
And so are Kenny’s famous sliders.
— French health food restaurant Miss Paradis is slated to open next week. It will inhabit a space on the corner of Prince and Mulberry streets that was previously a vacant lot that Danny Meyer once eyed for a Shake Shack location.
— Hungry City critic Ligaya Mishan visits Joy Luck Palace in Chinatown, which serves pig-shaped buns: "The piggies are cute, but a diversion. The truly great custard buns are neither ornamented nor anthropomorphized, but simply pale as ghosts, giving no hint of the lushness within: custard dark gold and voluptuous with salted duck yolk. It’s salty and sweet in the eternal battle that may as well be love."
— Nightlife impresarios Paul Sevigny and Brian McPeck are planning to reopen Moroccan-themed lounge Sway on Spring Street this fall. The club near the Holland Tunnel, which hosted a popular Morrissey-themed party on Sundays, closed eight months ago. In other nightlife news: The people behind Baby’s All Right are going to open a new restaurant/music venue at 428 Lafayette Street in Noho this fall. No word yet on what type of food it will serve.
— Brooklyn Bridge Park put out a request for proposals for the concession area at Pier 1 Terrace. For the last six years, this space has been occupied by the Garden Bar.
— And finally here's a look at the Eleven Madison Park's doughnut robot: