Flay’s a betting man
Some people bet on a horse: Bobby Flay buys them. Turns out he’s invested in a second colt, a 25 percent interest in J Boys Echo in a $485,000 purchase, says Page Six, just before Saturday’s Belmont Stakes. Last year, Flay bought an interest in Creator before it won the Belmont.
More to Crave
Todd Mitgang and Brian Owens of Crave Fishbar are expanding. Chef Mitgang and his partner Owens, who have Crave restaurants at 945 Second Avenue and 428 Amsterdam Avenue, have taken over the space at 254 East 53rd Street that was TJ Whitney's. They’re not sure what it’ll be yet, says Owen. A source says the two have taken a crew of staff to Mexico and are planning to participate in the Montaco event in Montauk east July 7, so that’s a hint. — Beth Landman
Recipe for drunk
Randolph Beer Williamsburg (104 South 4th Street) is extending its weekend bottomless brunch to Fridays this summer — which also means this beer ATM will be available during brunch. For $37, a customer can order an entree and 90 minutes of unlimited brews from the Beer ATM, brunch punch, bloody marys, and mimosas. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday to Sunday.
A review of new chicken pho in Chinatown
Ligaya Mishan writes in the Times about Bep Ga (70 Forsyth), the two-tabled chicken pho restaurant that opened in March following years as a pop-up. A little backstory on the owner, Nguyen Xuan: “A Frenchman, Mr. Xuan spent years in finance before becoming a chef. His parents — his father is from Thanh Hoa in northern Vietnam, his mother from the city then known as Saigon — settled in Paris, home to the largest population of Vietnamese in the West, in the late 1960s.” As for that pho, it’s “restorative, light in body and frank in flavor,” she writes, with the addition of “supple” noodles, “bountiful” herbs, and a swap for the more assertive culantro in the place of cilantro.
More Cava in NYC, this time on Spring Street
DC-based Cava is setting up in a new development on 50 Spring Street, a follow-up to the Union Square location, reports Bowery Boogie. Cava has “raised upwards of $96 million in venture capital funding” and is “on track for an additional 20 restaurants in 2017, bringing the nationwide total to over 40.”
It is finally nice out
Perhaps you’d like to dine outside, drink on a roof, visit one of the city’s summer-only restaurant spots, or go the extra lap to a place that feels like you’re on vacation — without ever leaving the city.
Get Inspired by this warm-weather feast
Check out this crab feast day trip for a Californian, on this Friday ahead of Eater Roadtrip Week that starts on Monday.