Long lines abound at Bob’s Burger pop-up
Bob’s Burgers fans are turning out big time for the show-themed burger pop-up happening this week in Soho. Chef Alvin Cailan (Eggslut) is in the midst of his “7 Days of Bobs Burgers” menu at Chefs Club Counter (62 Spring Street), and already New Yorkers are going nuts. The first day brought long lines by late morning with a one-hour wait to even get in to sample pun-named burgers such as a “Baby You Can Chive My Car Burger,” which comes with sour cream, mustard spread, chives, and fried pickles and looked like a little car:
See the full line-up for special burgers this week here.
Veselka makes a cameo in upcoming Ocean’s 8
The trailer has arrived for Ocean’s 8, that female-packed take on Ocean’s 11, and Veselka makes a nice cameo. The longtime East Village Ukrainian diner is featured in one of the movie’s early scenes in which Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett plot the movie’s central heist.
“We need to plot a heist.”— bobby finger (@bobbyfinger) December 18, 2017
“Meet me at Veselka.”
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Delivery workers protest de Blasio’s e-bike crackdown
In response to an impending crackdown on the use of electric bicycles, more than 200 people protested at City Hall yesterday. Delivery workers rely on the mode of transportation to do their job, but in October, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the NYPD would be imposing $100 and $200 fines on businesses that employ people using e-bikes. “I ride about 60 miles per day, with a base salary of $48 per day,” one delivery worker told Streets Blog. “I cannot rest, no matter how bad the weather is or how my health suffers, so I keep delivering food on New York streets. Electric bikes are our tool for survival.” The crackdown is in response to alleged complaints to 311 over safety issues with the bikes.
Man shot to death outside Times Square bar
An unidentified 27-year-old man was fatally shot outside Tonic in Times Square early Tuesday. At 3:50 a.m., the victim and another man got into a fight after leaving the bar at 727 Seventh Avenue, during which the suspect shot the victim in the head. Police reportedly believe the two men knew each other. The gunman is still on the loose.
Openings, closings, and coming attractions
In sad closure news, 25-year-old East Village Mexican restaurant Paquito’s will close on December 30. Though the sit-down area will no longer be open, takeout and delivery will remain options. A few blocks south, the Eat-pisode space at 123 Ludlow Street is now Copper Throat, also a Thai restaurant but now with a renovated interior. Finally, Canadian fast-casual Middle Eastern chain Paramount Fine Foods is expanding to NYC, adding an 1,800-square-foot location at 820 Broadway near 12th Street for its shawarma, manakeesh, hummus, and more.
Attend a Kwanzaa bar crawl
To celebrate Kwanzaa and black-owned businesses, a Kwanzaa bar crawl will occur on Tuesday, December 26 at noon in Harlem and Brooklyn. Participating bars include Lenox Sapphire, Chocolat, and Shrine in Harlem, as well as Peaches, Sugarcane, and BK9 in Brooklyn, each offering drink specials and more. Proceeds will benefit social justice organizations Barbershop Books and the BLK Projek. Last year’s crawl had over 1,600 participants. Tickets here.