This week is your last chance to dine at Public
Due to unavoidable construction in the building, the Michelin-starred Avroko restaurant Public is closing its doors this Saturday, June 3. For the last week, chef Brad Farmerie is making some of the restaurant’s signature dishes, like kangaroo carpaccio and fried oysters in shiso leaves. The adjacent cocktail bar The Daily will close, too.
Black Tap milkshakes bring two new trucks to your yard
The gonzo, Instagram-famous milkshakes from Black Tap are getting not one, but two food trucks of their own. Shake by BT will be unleashed on the streets of New York City starting this Friday, June 2, with one truck in the South Street Seaport area and the other near Central Park and Harlem.
Sessanta’s new menu debuts this week
In case you missed it, chef Adam Leonti — who was supposed to head up the very-delayed Harvey in Brooklyn but got tired of waiting — has been leading Sessanta’s kitchen since late March. Now that it’s been a couple months, a new menu is out this week showcasing everything Leonti has to offer. Check it out in full below, with all its seasonal Italian dishes like artichoke lasagna, pistachio tortellone, and orata wrapped in leeks.
Taqueria Diana expands on the Lower East Side
A third location of popular East Village Mexican restaurant Taqueria Diana will land at 69 Clinton Street. This beer- and wine-only outpost is still a while from opening, but EV Grieve caught a new sign out front, making it official.
Fort Greene’s Lulu & Po shutters today
Once-hot Brooklyn restaurant and Michelin Bib Gourmand regular Lulu & Po is shutting it down today due to a lack of business. Times writer Ligaya Mishan called it back in 2012, writing in her review, “It is hard to know what Lulu & Po’s aspirations are. It is not a destination, like the ever-brilliant Roman’s, on DeKalb, but it is a cut above the purveyors of comfort grub that dominate the Fort Greene dining scene. On a busier corner, it would be sure to find an audience. It deserves one.” Should you like to go one final time, tonight is your last chance — at least at this location, as chef-owner Matthew Hamilton tells Grub Street he is planning a pop-up soon.
Upper West Side mainstay ‘Cesca is under new ownership
Just-good-enough Italian restaurant ‘Cesca, a typically staid UWS stalwart, now has a new owner. Kellari Hospitality (Kellari Taverna, Petit Poulet) has taken over what began as a Tom Valenti spot with Amanda Freitag in the kitchen (both left in 2006). Valenti garnered a name for himself cooking at Ouest and then, briefly, Le Cirque, but ‘Cesca never got much momentum outside the neighborhood. Kellari plans to inject more seafood onto the menu, as well as give it a light redesign after the summer.
Steve Cuozzo digs Canal Street Market and Flora Bar
After a semi-silence, the Post’s Steve Cuozzo has returned with two mini-reviews. Unlike some other early words, Cuozzo enjoys Canal Street Market, the new food hall that houses a Nom Wah outpost, Ippudo spin-off Kuro-Obi, Boba Guys, and more. He specifically recommends the crispy chicken rice bowl from Nom Wah. Over on the Upper East Side, Cuozzo calls Flora Bar’s new outdoor terrace the “best al fresco eats north of Bloomingdale’s since Cafe Boulud first plopped a few tables on the sidewalk.”
Big-name chefs get into barbecue for Hill Country’s 10th anniversary
Hill Country turns 10 this June, and it’s celebrating with a star-laden 10 days of barbecue. Until June 8, big names like Michael White, Geoffrey Zakarian, Marc Murphy, Pat LaFrieda, Justin Smillie, and more will all take their turns at the pit from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. nightly, accompanied by live music from various artists. Here’s the full schedule:
May 31: Robbie Richter, with musical guest Bob Schneider
June 1: Marc Murphy, with musical guests Billy Joe Shaver and Ray Wylie Hubbard
June 2: Michael White with musical guests Whiskey Gentry and Have Gun, Will Travel
June 3: Jake Dell of Katz’s Deli (from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.)
June 5: Pat LaFrieda and Josh Capon
June 6: Justin Smillie with Live Band Karaoke
June 7: Geoffrey Zakarian with musical guest Western Caravan
June 8: Kreuz Market with musical guest Rusty Truck featuring Mark Seliger
A tea party for social justice
Sunday Sundae, a tea and dessert party at T Shop in Nolita this Sunday, June 4, will benefit Make the Road NYC, a non-profit for immigrant benefits. Tea expert Theresa Wong, pastry chef Ben Mims, and ice cream afficionado Max Falkowitz are all supplying the goods, which include tea paired with cookies, ice cream sandwiches, affogato, and more. Tickets here.
The five most insane Black tap milkshakes
In preparation for the Black Tap milkshake food truck takeover, here’s an idea of what you’ll be able to order on-the-go.