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Is Wylie Dufresne’s Dad’s Sandwich Shop Actually Getting Closer to Opening?

BYGGYZ has been over two years in the making

— WD~50 chef Wylie Dufresne’s dad Dewey Dufresne is opening sandwich shop BYGGYZ at 37-39 Clinton St., which has been in the works for over two years. But there’s been some movement of late: The brown paper has been taken down, indicating that an opening may actually, finally be approaching.

— The lease is up at Hudson’s Bonfiglio & Bread and it’s closing May 8, the owners have announced on Facebook. “Though we our closing in Hudson, we are excited to announce that we are moving the bakery to Athens, NY and plan to open by early summer,” owners Gabriele Gulielmetti and Rachel Sanzone wrote. “We understand that we are no longer around the corner for many of you but hope that you will follow us across river.” The post goes on to say the new spot will include a provisions section, espresso, a LICK ice cream kiosk, more lunch fare, and prepared foods, as well as beer and wine.

— Soho’s Pinch Chinese is getting into the brunch game, with a new dim sum menu that arrives this weekend. Reservations available here (a rarity in dim sum!), and the full menu is below.

Pinch Dim Sum:
Pork Soup Dumplings
Chicken Soup Dumplings
Seafood + Pork Soup Dumplings
Vegetable Dumplings
Mushroom Dumplings
Chicken + Napa Dumpling
Beef Pan Fried Dumpling
Shrimp Wontons
Vegetable Spring Rolls
Chinese Broccoli
Pickled Daikon + Carrot
Taiwanese Cabbage + Bacon
Seaweed + Tofu Salad
"Surf + Turf": Maine lobster tail + egg custard

Large Plates:
Yang Zhou Fried Rice
Taiwanese Lu Rou Rice: braised Niman Ranch pork belly, bok choy + soft boiled tea egg over rice
Brunch Dan Dan Noodles: Niman Ranch bacon, Szechuan peppercorn + poached egg
Scallion Chicken Noodles: Bell & Evans organic chicken + charred scallion

Olmsted is joining forces with Lysverket chef Christopher Haatuft for a “Brooklyn x neo-fjordic” dinner with dishes like bread and mackerel butter, a Scandinavian taco with potato tortilla and apple salsa, a brioche doughnut with brown cheese butterscotch, and more. Walk on in for the a la carte menu on Monday, April 17, with all proceeds benefitting the Brooklyn Children's Museum.

— This Saturday, April 15 brings the opening of Char Sue, the affordable Asian spot with a Western twist and craft beers from chef/owner Matt Rojas at 199 Essex St. Expect dishes like curry lamb necks over crispy noodles, char siu pork ribs, mapo pork belly, and more. Check out the full menu here.

New York Daily News writer Gersh Kuntzman feels very passionately that Sunny’s Bar, the bar and music venue in Red Hook, should not close, so he shouted out that he donated to its fundraising page, and that he thinks you should, too. The widow of the owner, who died last year, needs $50,000 by July 31 to keep Sunny’s going.

— Two new upcoming restaurants have appeared in the East Village: Ciala, a Georgian restaurant at 77 Second Ave., and Baron’s Dim Sum, a dim sum parlor occupying 518 Sixth St.

— In outside NYC news, the time has arrived for Noma Mexico to make its debut. Here’s absolutely everything you could want to know about the incredibly expensive jungle pop-up, right this way.

— And finally, is Los Angeles more of a pastrami town than New York? Here is one version out in LA:


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