Tribeca cocktail bar Ward III reopens
After closing nearly two years ago for a renovation, longtime Tribeca cocktail and whiskey bar Ward III is back in business. The bar at 111 Reade Street underwent structural upgrades, but the dark, traditional look of the bar remains. New cocktails include a “Just Beet It,” a drink with beet juice, ginger juice, and mezcal. The bar snack menu also has some additions, including an aged cheddar grilled cheese and flatbreads. Ward III first opened in 2009.
Another cash-rich food delivery startup lands in NYC
SF-based “virtual cafeteria” Eat Club is expanding its footprint to the crowded New York delivery market soon. The startup, which raised $30 million earlier this year for the expansion, has signed a lease for a commissary — where it will make food for its corporate catering business. The tech part of Eat Club is in its app, where employees can choose their lunch options.
Critic raves that The Lobster Club can be a fairly affordable affair
Steve Cuozzo at the Post says it’s possible to enjoy Major Food Group’s Japanese-inspired brasserie The Lobster Club without spending exorbitant amounts of cash. To enjoy the space filled with “snazzily dressed locals,” skip the teppanyaki portion and go for lobster dumplings, coconut rock shrimp, and sushi. The chef’s 10-piece sushi deal costs $68 — “a deal,” Cuozzo writes. “All the sushi I tried was outstanding — wonderfully fresh-tasting and priced only slightly higher than at neighborhood joints.”
Dine at home like at Eleven Madison Park
The most luxe dinner party entertainers can now serve meals on the same tableware that Eleven Madison Park uses. Allied Works is selling a run of the plates and teacups that they created for the revamp of the famed tasting menu restaurant. A six-piece set costs $3,040.
Socially-conscious food projects on the horizon
A new cafe opening on the Lower East Side will have a double purpose of giving young people real-world job training. GrandLo Cafe, a project of nonprofit Grand St. Settlement, will open next year at 178 Broome Street with the goal of training out of school and out of work youth. It’s currently raising money on Kickstarter for the project. In the East Village, seasonal ice cream shop Alphabet Scoop, which hires and trains at-risk teens, is raising money for a revitalization project. And over in Park Slope, Food and Wine editor-at-large Dana Bowen and writer Sara Gillingham are working on a culinary social club for teens and tweens called The Dynamite Shop.
A Kosher Japanese restaurant on the UWS, and other coming attractions
At the latest Upper West Side community board liquor license meeting, a man named Daniel Zelkowitz announced he plans to open a kosher Japanese restaurant, Boru Boru, at Amsterdam Avenue and West 98th Street — with hopes that it will draw people from across the city. Down in LES, a Japanese-inspired fast-casual restaurant called Tong Katsu anticipates opening this week. And in the East Village, a pizza restaurant is plotting a debut in the former The Cock space. For a look at another pizza restaurant, see this video on Brooklyn legend Di Fara: