— Pitmaster Daniel Delaney is reviving Brisketlab, the brisket pop-up he started in 2012 that propelled him into the barbecue dialogue. The restaurant that spawned from the events, BrisketTown, closed last month. This summer, Delaney will be hosting a new round of Brisketlabs, with live music, booze, and collaborations with other pitmasters and chefs. Sign up to get an invite on Delaney’s website.
— Big news for the Upper West Side: Perpetually busy grocery store Trader Joe’s has confirmed that it is opening a second location in the neighborhood. The company known for reasonable prices and delightful company-branded food announced that it is planning a late 2017 opening for the new outpost at 670 Columbus Ave., near 93rd Street. The lucky bastards on the UWS already have a Trader Joe’s at 72nd and Broadway.
— Further north, the new Whole Foods in Harlem looks like it’s closer to opening. Signage went up at 125th Street and Lenox Avenue for the upscale grocery store.
— Williamsburg’s club Schimanski is adding a bar/restaurant called Bar Schimmi, which will open this weekend serving brunch, and add dinner later in April. Chris McLaughlin, whose credits include running the kitchens of the Z Hotel in Long Island City and servings as the catering chef at Brooklyn's House of Yes, will serve as executive chef. Brunch will run the gamut from bacon brought in from Greenpoint butchers to vegan salads ("The neighborhood demands those,'' says McLaughlin.)
The dinner menu will feature many share plates. "We are trying to keep it fun so people can start here and move over to the club later,'' says McLaughlin who will be offering up dishes such as crispy octopus with Peruvian corn nuts, sea scallops with roasted jalapeno pesto and pan-seared French toast with foie gras and blueberry cognac sauce. The first of a rotating series of art exhibits is being curated by Patricia Field. — Beth Landman
— The Thai rolled ice cream trend — where the shop makes the ice cream in front of you — is apparently still going strong. I.CE.NY, which has seven locations nationally, is opening its newest outpost in Forest Hills soon. The same company also recently debuted in Sunset Park, at 705 59th St.
— Village Pourhouse is closing soon to make way for a club called E.Vil, pronounced “evil.” The new East Village bar, from the owner of 1Oak, is inspired by CBGB and will play music like Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, and the Clash.
— The East Village location of Macaron Parlour closed to move to a bigger space on the Lower East Side, at 44 Hester St.
— An unfortunately named restaurant called The Horny Ram made its debut this week in Midtown East at 951 Second Ave. The two-story restaurant and bar has “elevated takes on classic comfort food,” such as a burger with corn salsa and pepper jack cheese and a Philly cheese steak with gouda and American cheese. Continuing on its ridiculous name, one of the cocktails is called “#HornyinNewYork,” a drink with bourbon, vanilla, orange bitters, and pinot noir. The restaurant comes from the owner of (eyeroll) The Flying Cock.
— Ligaya Mishan at the Times visits Bangladeshi restaurant Neerob at Packsun Halal Kitchen in the Bronx for the latest Hungry City column. The menu changes daily, but Mishan particularly liked the khichuri, a goat and hard-boiled egg dish with rice and moong dal, and chicken roast, a pan-fried chicken dish in a sweet-hot masala sauce.
— Korean gastropub Barn Joo has opened its new location at 35 Union Square. The restaurant serves dishes like Korean fried chicken, fried Korean blood sausage, popcorn chicken, and garlic truffle fries.
— Chic bakery Maman is launching a slew of Easter-themed treats starting Saturday, lasting through Easter weekend. One is a collaboration with Egg Shop and looks like an egg but is made of a meringue and a lemon filling. They are available at Maman locations in Soho, Greenpoint, and Tribeca, and at Egg Shop.
— And for the weekend, maybe you want to try some really funky cocktails?