“Not on the Dollar Menu”
A Bronx McDonald’s employee was busted for offering a side of cocaine with Happy Meals, selling $10,900 worth in eight different transactions. After a three month undercover investigation called “Operation Off the Menu” authorities arrested Frank Guerrero. “The conduct was so blatant it would be comical if he weren’t committing a serious narcotics crime,” Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan told the Post. “Ordering coke took on an entirely different meaning on the night shift at this McDonald’s.”
Eliot Spitzer visits adult playground on day one
Page Six reports that partygoers were surprised to see Eliot Spitzer and his girlfriend Roxana Girand at Tao’s Magic Hour — the new Times Square 10,000-square-foot adult playground with the putt-putt course called Foreplay — but they’re told that Girand’s company, Sebastian Capital, is involved in financing for the hotel Moxy.
Sullivan Street Bakery is temporarily closed
The Hell’s Kitchen location (533 West 47th Street) for Sullivan Street Bakery is closed until early November, to “take care of long-needed improvements to the space, electric and plumbing. That includes updating the flour silo system, building a proper kitchen and expanding the cafe space,” says a spokesperson.
A new Spanish restaurant in Little Italy
Tomiño - Taberna Gallega has opened at 192 Grand Street, from siblings Phil, Marco, and Victor González. For the menu, they’ve hired consulting chef Lucia Freitas of A Tafona in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, and will be serving Spanish and Galician fare via tapas and share plates.
In other openings
Open since 1995 in Murray Hill, Best Wingers will open an outpost on the Lower East Side at 174 Delancey Street. Plus, Chelsea Market’s longtime tenant Chelsea Thai is opening in the East Village at 192-192 First Avenue in the space that had been the Polish-American diner, The Neptune. Also in the East Village, Mama Fina’s House of Filipino Sisig is opening a second restaurant at 167 Avenue A; the first location is in Elmwood Park, New Jersey.
Cookies for a good cause
Williamsburg’s Playground Coffee Shop is having a bake sale Sunday with proceeds going to World Central Kitchen’s push to provide meals to Puerto Rico’s hurricane victims.
Also, the Queens Night Market is hosting a fundraiser on Saturday night with the Hispanic Federation to support Puerto Rico and Mexico following the hurricane and earthquake. The suggested donation is $5 and 100 percent of that goes to UNIDOS disaster relief fund. Look for around 50 food vendors and 20 or so art selling art and merch.
A fall day trip, with brews
For a potential day trip for this weekend, the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park is hosting its second Brew U that’s from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday in the Student Commons. The day offers a tour of the campus brewery, a peek at the school’s brewing course, along with snacks and samples of beer and cider from the region. In addition to Brooklyn Brewery, over a dozen local breweries are participating. It’s $65 and tickets are here. Below are some essential facts about sour beer: