— La Rue Cafe is now open in Washington Heights (4396 Broadway), the Golden Girls-themed spot with sassy decor galore. Look for “retro palm tree wallpaper reminiscent of Blanche’s fancy bedroom” and menu items like “a coconut Betty White cake — an homage to the 95-year-old Golden Girl who played the good natured, but hilariously naive, Rose Nylund.”
— The plywood is off at Trapizzino (144 Orchard St.), slated to open later this month. The sandwiches that start with pizza bianca have become essential street food in Rome since Stefano Callegari opened the first shop in 2008.
— Harvey in The Williamsburg Hotel (96 Wythe Ave.) is scheduled to open in the next month or so, but executive chef Adam Leonti, in the meantime, is making sweet and savory treats for Brooklyn High Tea every Friday to Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. They’ll be served with single-origin teas from Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, and India, sourced by Brooklyn’s Tea Dealers (66 S. 2nd St.).
— Fans wait over ten hours in Gowanus to try a new IPA at Other Half Brewing Co. (195 Centre St.) Brewers are angsty when supplies run low.
— Meet Tituss Burgess, aka Titus Andromedon from Netflix’ Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, when he debuts his new wine, Pinot by Tituss Burgess, Feb 11th at 7 p.m. at Bowery & Vine (269 Bowery).
— Francis Lam has left his perch at The New York Times Magazine to host NPR’s The Splendid Table.
— Be sure to read this super-interesting piece from Tejal Rao in the New York Times about Syrian refugees in New York, Marhaf Homsi and Nawal Wardeh, who owned a bakery in Hama for 30 years. Since the couple arrived in the U.S. last year, they’ve been baking baklava, cookies, breads, and cakes out of their home and selling them at outdoor markets. They’ve recently started Syrian Sweet Refuge for online sales (with plans to bake in a commissary).
— On February 15, Egg in Brooklyn is holding a benefit for International Refugee Assistance Project, with food and drink from Evan Hanczor of Egg, Ian Auger of Franny’s, Alex Raij of La Vara an Txikito, Erika Nakamura and Jocelyn Guest of White Gold, and Nico Russell of Oxalis. It’s from 8 to 11 p.m. and tickets are $75. All proceeds will be donated.
— The Dean & DeLuca flagship (560 Broadway) is hosting a pop-up oyster bar from 1 to 7 p.m. from Feb. 9th to 14th. They’ll be shucking Washington State North Bay oysters, Massachusetts chunky Cape Cod Bays, and New Brunswick Beausoliels — for $2 each. They’ll also be featuring Long Island Sound Pink Ribbon Oysters, which funnels proceeds back to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
— Hainese chicken rice is so everywhere right now. Here’s the dish from Toronto and check out where to get it in Elmhurst from Robert Sietsema’s guide.