— A wd~50 alum, Simone Tong will open Little Tong Noodle Shop at 177 First Ave. in March, offering traditional rice noodle dishes from China's Yunnan province, in addition to small plates, house-made pickles, condiments, and sauces inspired by southwest China. In the meantime, Tong will hold a few pop-ups around the neighborhood to test out recipes prior to the shop's opening, first at Jimmy’s No. 43 on Feb. 12th and 13th, then at Azasu on Feb. 19. Tickets are $20.
A Vegetarian Rice Noodle Dish—Rice noodles and Snap pea jelly. Pickled Daikon, Fermented Tofu, Cucumber, Cilantro and scallion. And Two kinds of chili oil and spices. . . . . #yunnantrip #dali #noodlesoup #ricenoodle #noodlelover #noodles #foodie #foodiegram #foodporn #nycfoodie #noodlesoup #vegetarian #healthy #fresh #spicy
— De Maria has been open for breakfast and lunch at 19 Kenmare in the former Ken & Cook space. It is helmed by Grace Lee and season three Top Chef contestant, Camille Becerra, who runs the kitchen. “We believe in the power of women uniting, especially at a historic time right now when women are truly at the epicenter of society advocating our beliefs,” Lee told the New York Times’ T Magazine.
— With new window neons, Char Sue signage was on display at 119 Essex St. Bowery Boogie writes that “chef co-owner Matt Rojas plans to serve “affordable” Asian food with a “Western twist,” alongside craft beers, in a super casual environment.”
— Cafe Grumpy, Joe Coffee and La Colombe will donate five percent of weekend proceeds to the ACLU, which is currently fighting the Trump administration in court over its refugee and immigration ban, reports DNAinfo. Sprudge.com organized the fundraiser.
— Between 6000 and 7000 people joined Yemeni-American grocery store owners outside Brooklyn Borough Hall to protest Trump’s travel ban. Here are the photos.
— “. . . Cajun gumbo speaks in smoke, leached from andouille sausage made by a Louisiana butcher.” Ligaya Michan reviews The Gumbo Bros. in Boerum Hill.
— Bianca Jagger rides on a white horse into Studio 54 in a photo that starts the gallery over at Daily News, posted on the Feb. anniversary of the closing of the legendary club.
— Bitters for your Friday, “the salt and pepper of the cocktail world”: