Black Tap tackles frosé
Applying its gonzo milkshake mentality to frosé — that’s frozen rosé, of course — Black Tap has created a version that marks the end of the crazy popular drink. It has a vanilla-frosted Nerd rim, sour watermelon patches, peach rings, Swedish fish, a candy necklace, and a whirly pop and is available from July 24 to July 30 at all Black Tap locations. Sadly, this probably means that frosé is on its way out. Drink at your own risk.
Park Slope bar and venue Union Hall makes a full comeback
After a fire in March, popular bar, restaurant, and venue Union Hall will be reopening its whole space on July 21. The upstairs bar and a bocce court have been rehabbed, but the downstairs portion escaped the fire relatively unharmed. Expect $3 Sixpoints on the grand reopening date.
Reliving Studio 54’s good old days
Get ready for a Studio 54 tell-all. The infamous disco has a memoir-of-sorts coming out on September 19 called Inside Studio 54. Writer and former owner Mark Fleischman tells the Post, “This is the real story. There were drugs all over the place — that’s what fueled it.” He’s sparing no names, including President Donald Trump, who he called “boring.”
The history of Restaurant Week
The now-diluted yearly ritual of Restaurant Week is back, that time when restaurants serve mainly average prix fixe meals for a sometimes lower price. Today the Times looks back on how it got its start, dating back to 1992 when Zagat founder Tim Zagat and restaurateur Joseph Baum “persuaded restaurateurs to draw up bargain lunch menus that they expected would be money-losers” as a way to entertain attendees of the Democratic National Convention that summer. Restaurant Week returns this year on July 24.
Upcoming East Village Starbucks is super controversial
The Post’s Steve Cuozzo has some harsh words for the protesters of the upcoming Tompkins Square Park Starbucks. He compares the “anti-Starbucks hipsters” to Donald Trump supporters, writing, “They sound ready to build walls to protect small shops and cafes from outside competition and perhaps to demand the interlopers pay for them.”
A new upscale restaurant on 32nd Street
Rose Hill, the new restaurant at HGU New York hotel in the Murray Hill/Midtown area is getting close to opening. It’s a new American spot from an Artisanal alum named Keith Geter, and besides a 46-seat dining room, it will have a coffee bar. A lounge and rooftop bar will be added later as well. The Post says it is in Nomad, but at 34 East 32nd Street between Park and Madison, it definitely is not.
A truly Indian American barbecue restaurant opens in Queens
AM New York has a look today at Queens Bully, a new restaurant in Forest Hills run by Rohan Aggarwal, the son of the owner of Indian cuisine chain Baluchi’s. Here, Aggarwal serves both American barbecue like brisket and Indian-inspired dishes like a naan pizza. It may seem unconventional, but Aggarwal’s dad fell in love with American barbecue when he came to the States and always dreamed of serving it. It opens on Thursday.
Charity dinners with serious chef power
Three of New York’s hottest chefs are teaming up for City Harvest: Mission Chinese’s Angela Dimayuga, Prune’s Gabrielle Hamilton, and Beatrice Inn’s Angie Mar will separately cook meals at the Cadillac House from Tuesday, July 18 through Thursday, July 20 to benefit the nonprofit. Tickets here.
Sumo wrestling combines with food
Next Tuesday, July 18, Brooklyn Brewery will transform into a sumo wrestling-watching space. Sumo Stew, the traveling event that combines sumo wrestling and food, will take up residence with food from Ni Japanese Deli, Karl's Balls, Yakitori by Neal, and more, all while Japan’s Grand Sumo Tournament plays live in the background. Tickets here.
Perrier marketing is on overtime
Starting Wednesday, July 12 through Sunday, July 16, Perrier will do its best to make the sparkling water as cool as possible with The Perrier Flavor Studio. It’s a weeklong pop-up with interactive art installations, a Perrier “flavor bar,” cocktails, and some food. It’s open to the public at 63 Greene Street from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
New Jersey’s Wine Legend heads to Brooklyn
Opening tomorrow in Fort Greene at 81 Fleet Place is New Jersey wine store Wine Legend, along with a bar next door that goes beyond wine. Expect cocktails and food that goes “far beyond the usual bar fare.”
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