An ice cream carnival is coming to NYC — sort of
The latest Chefs Club Counter iteration is out and it’s a fun one. Next up is an OddFellows Ice Cream Co. carnival — complete with jugglers, stilt walkers, and a tented room. Offbeat flavors, which OddFellows is known for, include a cotton candy creamsicle (vanilla and tangerine soft serve cone wrapped in orange cotton candy) and caramel popcorn soft serve with salted caramel injection, topped with salted caramel popcorn and chocolate pearls. It opens June 21 and runs through the summer at 62 Spring Street.
Rent kills another longtime East Village spot
Thirty-year-old taqueria San Loco is closing its Second Avenue location — the original — due to an “unsustainable” rent hike. Tuesday, June 20 is this location’s final day, but there are still stores on the Lower East Side and in Williamsburg. Regardless, owners described themselves as “heartbroken” by the turn of events. And what would Jeremiah Moss of “Vanishing New York” think of this? Turns out the New Yorker unmasked the man as psychoanalyst Griffin Hansbury, so you can just ask him yourself.
Hart’s team opens a seafood spot on the LES
Here comes Cervo’s, an Iberian seafood restaurant from Nialls Fallon, Nick Perkins, and Aaron Crowder, the owners of Hart’s in Bed-Stuy. The menu includes “a lot of paprika, orange, fennel and chorizo which feature heavily in Spanish cuisine,” Fallon told Gothamist, though the design is more Portuguese-inspired. Beyond seafood like beef tartare with littleneck clams and mackerel crudo, there’s a lamb burger and piri piri chicken. The restaurant, at 43 Canal Street, opens this week.
Lupulo launches Portuguese breakfast
A taste of Lisbon, the hottest travel destination of the moment, can be found at Lupulo (835 6th Avenue) in the mornings. The Portuguese restaurant just launched breakfast, weekdays from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., with a coffee bar, takeout window, and full-service dining room. There are dishes like linguiça sausage, eggs, and piri piri hot sauce sandwiches; egg custard tarts; and lattes with cardamom, turmeric, nutmeg, and pepper.
A Shopsin’s memoir-of-sorts is out soon
Tamara Shopsin, the daughter of Shopsin’s owner Kenny Shopsin, has a book coming out on July 21, and it prominently features the quirky diner. “Arbitrary Stupid Goal” follows Tamara’s childhood, which primarily took place in the restaurant. It’s available for pre-order here.
E-cigarettes are on their way out
The New York State Senate voted — again — to ban e-cigarettes indoors. Now it’s up to Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign the bill into law, which he is expected to do, which will take care of that person vaping next to you at restaurant and bar tables.
Cotton candy-wrapped ice cream will be at Chefs Club Counter
Watch for a peek at Oddfellow’s wacky creations: