Four Seasons Restaurant will open in spring
Julian Niccolini and Alex von Bidder, owners of the original Four Seasons Restaurant, are on track to reopen their historic restaurant in a less historic space at 280 Park Avenue in spring of 2018. As construction continues, the duo announced that a documentary about the original location will be coming out soon, sponsored by the nonprofit New York Historical Society. It Happened Over Lunch is a look at all the people that made the restaurant a “power lunch” destination.
Milk Bar brings back Thanksgiving croissants for the month
The seasonal Thanksgiving croissant from Milk Bar is back for November. The savory treat is stuffed with white and dark meat turkey, gravy, and cranberry sauce, while the laminated dough on the outside tastes a little bit like stuffing from a rosemary addition. They’re available in all the local stores for the month.
Schiller’s Liquor Bar space finds new tenant
The space of longtime LES restaurant Schiller’s already has a new restaurant trying to open there. The owners of Bongo, a seafood restaurant in the West Village, want to open a second location of their longtime restaurant at 131 Rivington Street. Andrea Cohen and Jeffrey Bell say they want 22 seats and a 4 a.m. closing time.
An art exhibit looking at lesbian and queer bars in New York City
Artist Gwen Shockey has been documenting lesbian bars in New York, such as places like the Cubbyhole in the West Village. In a new exhibit in Bushwick, she displays that history via interviews with women, old party invites, photos, and articles from the archives of local newspapers. It’s running at the Amos Enos Gallery until November 19th, with the goal of creating an “alternate map of New York based on word-of-mouth, memory and the search for difference, community and space for free expression.”
Ligaya Mishan visits a Bronx Dominican restaurant
In this week’s Hungry City column, Times writer Ligaya Mishan looks at Margarita’s — a family-run take-out restaurant in the South Bronx created in honor of chef Margarita Brito’s mother. The pastelillos are particularly beloved, she writes, “buoyant and satisfying, whether packed with beef or with jueyes, camarones (shrimp) or carrucho (conch), briny and tender.”
Former Cannibal chef now consulting at a burger restaurant
Chef Francis Derby — formerly chef at The Cannibal and an alum of Ssäm Bar — is now consulting at a restaurant in Astoria called Burger Club. The acclaimed chef known for turning The Cannibal into a meat destination left restaurants full-time earlier this year to pursue consulting. Apparently he’s already at it. His eye has led to new items like an avocado eggs benedict and a french toast stuffed with mascarpone cheese and dates.
An oral history of Blue Ribbon Brasserie
In honor of the 25th anniversary of Blue Ribbon Brasserie, Grub Street looks back on the opening of the original Sullivan Street outpost of the now ubiquitous restaurant with an oral history. Brothers Bruce and Eric Bromberg, as well as other staff and regulars from the time, talk about how it turned into a late night hang out for chefs when they decided to do a 4 a.m. closing time. “It was: Stop listening to everyone else’s rules,” Bruce says. “It was not having our parents say it’s time to go to bed. It was a jump off the deep end.”