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Trying the Venison at the New Arby’s — and More Intel

Plus, Goa Taco expands and more news and gossip from around NYC

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Goa Taco’s pork shoulder-filled paratha
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— Beloved Forest Hills restaurant Wafa’s has reopened in East Williamsburg, much to the joy of devoted fans from Queens. The Middle Eastern restaurant closed its Queens location last summer and reopened in Brooklyn at 812 Grand St. as Wafa’s Express.

— Popular Lower East Side paratha-taco hybrid server Goa Taco has expanded its footprint. The restaurant now has a location in Greenwich Village at 101 MacDougal St. Owners Duvaldi Marneweck and Ryan Chadwick fold an Indian paratha into a taco shape and stuff it with fillings like paneer cheese, roasted pork belly, and tofu banh mi.

— The intrepid Nathan Tempey of Gothamist went to sample the limited-edition venison sandwich at the new outpost of Arby’s in New York:

The Arby's steak comes topped with deep fried onions and an orange-red jelly of indeterminate composition. The sweetness of the toppings masked and mingled with the lingering musky quality of the venison, which was less pronounced than in the wild stuff, but still very much there.

Photographer Scott Heins added that “If I cooked this sandwich for myself at home, I'd be happy.” It apparently is selling well.

— Bushwick burger spot Duncan’s is giving away free dry-aged burgers at a grand re-opening party. The restaurant, which is inside Dromedary Bar (266 Irving Ave.) will hand out 500 of the burgers on March 19th from 1 p.m. to midnight.

— Upstate coffee roastery Irving Farm plans to open a new location in Greenwich Village. The company has signed a lease for at two-story, 3,500-square-foot space at 78 West Third St.

— Brooklyn bistro The Farm on Adderley, an ambitious farm-to-table restaurant in Ditmas Park, is hosting a special dinner to highlight some wines from Eminence Road Winery upstate, a natural winemaking business. The five-course dinner with wine pairings will be on Tuesday, March 21st and costs $85 per person. Email farmreservations@gmail.com for a spot at the dinner.

— Looks like meal kit service Plated is betting on getting bigger. The company that ships ingredients and recipes for people to cook has signed a lease for a new office space that’s almost twice as big as their old one. They will soon move to a 23,000-square-foot space in Chelsea at 111 West 19th St., up from the 11,000-square-foot space they used to be in, according to real estate firm The Kaufman Organization.

— And finally, here’s how to make cookies like the women at Greenpoint-based bakery Ovenly, which is on the brink of a huge expansion:

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