— The city’s newest Pret A Manger, in Penn Station, will have a full service, 12-seat beer and wine bar. It’ll be the first boozy Pret here in the U.S., but it’s long been a part of the U.K. offering. The nearly 6,000-square-foot space will also have communal tables and high-top seating, with bottled and draft beer and wine coming from California, Italy, and New Zealand.
— Claus Meyer’s Grand Central Terminal hot dog stand Danish Dogs is branching into breakfast, though the sandwiches curiously don’t have hot dogs in them. Instead, they’re egg sandwiches in hot dog rolls, like the Manhattan, with smoked salmon, pickled cucumber, horseradish, cream cheese and soft scrambled eggs.
— There’s drama, drama, drama in East Williamsburg over TMI Trading Co., a noodle and dumpling factory which apparently is making a ton of noise and creating a “blizzard of flour.” There have been dozens of 311 complaints for noise, traffic, and idling violations, but TMI doesn’t have any plans to change operations.
—Taking over the Kitty’s a-Go-Go space at 11 Stanton St. is Samovarchik, a temporary restaurant with an affordable menu of Russian bites like latkes, pelmeni, and more.
— The Whole Foods Bowery beer room has closed to make way instead for a yet-to-open coffee bar.
— Former Eater NY editor and current “The Meat Show” host Nick Solares is doing what he does best and moderating a talk on brisket with Hometown Bar-B-Que’s Billy Durney, Texas Monthly’s Daniel Vaughn, Texas chef John Tesar, and Jimmy’s No. 43’s. To join, head to Hometown Bar-B-Que today at 6 p.m. Details here.
— The 10th annual STREETS Eats charity event is tonight at the Institute of Culinary Education at Brookfield Place (225 Liberty Street), with food from Pig & Khao, Paowalla, Tuome, The Meatball Shop, Toro, and more, plus drinks and an auction. Tickets here, which benefit STREETS, a non-profit hospitality school and restaurant in Hoi An, Vietnam where local, disadvantaged youth work to gain skills.
— And finally, get hungry for pasta with this look at some of the best in the business: