A load of (mechanical) bull
Jocelyn Burmeister is suing Johnny Utah’s in Midtown after getting “life debilitating” injuries from riding its mechanical bull while “visibly intoxicated,” the complaint says. Interestingly, Burmeister is at least the fifth person to sue the bar for its bull, and it’s still there, so to be determined if her case stands stronger than the rest.
City Acres sets an opening date
Though it was originally announced as opening in June, grocerant City Acres has set an official opening day of July 11. The 13,000 square-foot FiDi food hall will house vendors like Vanessa’s Dumpling House, Artichoke Pizza, Beyond Sushi, and more.
Pure Leaf debuts iced tea shop
Iced tea is the only thing on the menu at the new Pure Leaf Tea House at 79 Greene Street, opening Wednesday, June 28. Flavors include golden chai, apple-flavored tea with a matcha float, green mojito tea with lime and mint, peach tea, and rare Kenyan purple tea with berries, sold for a not-cheap $5 to $8. Unclear how this cold concept will play out come November.
Maman is opening a retail store next door
The space next door to French bakery Maman’s Soho store (237 Centre Street) is set to become a retail concept of sorts. There will be events, workshops, tastings, product launches, and more once it opens. Stay tuned for more.
Lincoln Center steps up its food game
Lincoln Center’s outdoor series has a strong food lineup this year. The Midsummer Night Swing and Out of Doors events will feature food from David Chang, Michael White, Motorino, David Burke, Épicerie Boulud, François Payard, and more on a rotating basis through August 13.
A Korean dinner series at Atoboy
Starting this Wednesday, June 28, Atoboy is playing host to visiting chefs throughout the summer. First up is chef Choong Hu Lee — from Seoul’s Michelin-starred restaurant Zero Complex — with a seven-course dinner for $90 per person. Reserve on Resy for dishes such as eggplant with Dungeness crab, green tomato, and cilantro and chicken with leek, sunchoke, and herbs.
A natural wine garden party to attend
Bon Appetit’s wine editor Marissa A. Ross has a new book out about — you guessed it — wine, and she’s celebrating with a release party full of natural wine. The $25 tickets include a copy of the book, a bottle of natural wine, and entrance to the party, which is tonight at The Standard’s summer garden in the East Village. Tickets here.
Start your day with a little 2 Chainz
Apropos of nothing, here’s Pig & Khao’s Leah Cohen making a recipe from 2 Chainz’s cookbook: