An elegy for Williamsburg sandwich shop Saltie
Following news this week that beloved Williamsburg sandwich shop Saltie will close at the end of month, neighbors have been outspokenly despondent on social media. Now food writer and Saltie fan Jamie Feldmar has published an elegy for the nautically themed shop, writing that, “In this peculiar moment, where restaurant groups create manicured stages, Saltie’s low-key, high-quality approach has been a breath of fresh air.” Now, come February, the space will become a second location of another Brooklyn sandwich shop, Court Street Grocers, with hopes of keeping the Saltie staff.
Two dudes allegedly robbed a Greenwich Village convenience store to pass time while waiting for pizza
While waiting for two slices of pizza from Phil’s Pizza on Varick Street on Thursday afternoon, two unidentified men reportedly robbed the convenience store next door. Talukder N Corp. Convenience Store co-owner Rebecca Tulakder tells the Post that the men came in with ski masks on and pulled out a handgun. They reportedly got away with $2,000.
James Beard Award-winning food radio show host fired
WNYC has fired longtime radio host Leonard Lopate following allegations of inappropriate conduct. Lopate initially denied all charges, saying he was “stunned” by them. He’s been a fixture in food radio for many years with the Friday food segment of his eponymous show, and garnered James Beard Awards in 2006 and 2007 for Radio Show/Audio Webcast.
For last-minute Christmas plans, try a Chinese feast
Both the West Village and Upper East Side locations of Quality Eats are going Chinese for Christmas, putting on a $48-per-person, family-style feast as a play on the unofficial Jewish tradition of eating the Asian cuisine on the Christian holiday. Dishes will include General Tso’s octopus, beef short rib char siu, crab cake fried rice, and more; the full menu is here. For another glorious Christmas tradition, this time via Italy, check out Vic’s annual Christmas Eve feast of the seven fishes: