The Pennsy relaunches with new vendors and a big bar
After closing for a month, the Pennsy Food Hall has relaunched and rebranded collaboration with HPH (the hospitality group behind Harry’s Italian, Pier A, Le District, Dead Rabbit) and Vornado Realty Trust. Expect expanded seating with 150 inside and 380 outside, an expansion that’s the result of Vornado’s several million dollar investment. Look for returnees Pat LaFrieda, The Little Beet, and Cinnamon Snail, and new vendors Taco Dumbo, Ribalta, and Sabi Sushi. Also look for The Pennsy Bar from HPH, featuring 48 taps of seasonally rotating beers, ciders, cocktails, and wines. It’ll have indoor and outdoor seating on a patio, occasional DJs, and entertainment lineups.
Gypsy brewers settle down
Turns out, gypsy brewers want to settle down, reports The New York Times, with a focus on superstars Mikkeller and Evil Twin of Copenhagen and Stillwater Artisanal of Baltimore. “If you don’t have a brewery, you’re kind of homeless,” Mikkel Borg Bjergso, Mikkeller’s founder and chief executive tells the Times. “You don’t have anything to show people.” On track for New York: Evil Twin in Ridgewood and Stillwater in Greenpoint. Mikkeller is also opening a brewery at CitiField, home of the Mets, slated for this year.
Danny Meyer gets this year’s Julia Child award
CEO and founder of Union Square Hospitality Group, Danny Meyer will receive the third annual Julia Child award, given to a person that has “made a profound and significant difference in the way America cooks, eats, and drinks.” The award comes from the Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and Culinary Arts, part of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History’s American Food History project and he’ll receive the award at the gala on October 26. It comes with a $50K donation awarded to Meyer’s nonprofit of choice, Share Our Strength. Jacques Pepin won the first one in 2015 and Rick Bayless won last year’s.
Top Chef reunion at Megu
Clubstaurant Megu in Chelsea’s Dream Hotel will be the scene of a Top Chef reunion, with head chef Frances Tariga having invited her fellow contestants from the show's season 13 to share her kitchen. "I want to see all of them because we were together for two months exclusively, stuck with each other so we got very close,'' says Tariga. Starting July 23, Megu owner Jon Bakhshi is flying in the chefs, including Marjorie Meek-Bradley of D.C.’s Smoked and Stacked and Karen Akunowicz of Boston’s Myers and Chang and more. "These chefs are like brothers and sisters to me, but I told them not to get too crazy with the ingredients.'' Keep and eye on social media for updates. — Beth Landman
Emily West Village now open for lunch
Emily Manhattan has started lunch running from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with picks like the Colony, with pepperoni, pickled chile and honey, or the Jerrier, with cherry peppers, onions, and ranch. Emily is firmly on the collab bandwagon: They’ve teamed up with dumpling shop Mimi Cheng for a pie made with ricotta, roasted garlic, mushrooms, thyme, Calabrian chile, and basil.
Ending on a sour note
With such big beer news, here’s a refresher on sour beer: