New juice shop tries to be a bar
A non-alcoholic “bar” — AKA a juice shop — has opened in Nolita at 232 Elizabeth Street. It’s called The Drug Store, and it’s being marketed as a mixology-based wellness bar. Dirty Lemon’s drinks range from juice shots to matcha. It’s open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Labor Day, and even offers reservations.
The tumultuous history of Chinatown Ice Cream Factory
Essential ice cream shop Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory has seen 40 years in the neighborhood, detailed in an as-told-to story in Open City magazine. Second generation owner Christina Seid tells of gang violence, crazy electricity bills, and the challenges of keeping a small business alive in the candid piece.
The Upper East Side Quality Eats opens next week
Here comes Quality Eats number two, this one on 1496 Second Avenue, set to open the week of July 17. It seats 55 people in the Art Deco-designed space, plus another 40 on the patio outside.
Hugh Acheson is next up at Seaport’s Food Lab
The Seaport District’s summer pop-ups continue, now with Southern chef and Top Chef judge Hugh Acheson taking over starting July 8. He’ll be serving Southern classics like boiled peanut hummus, fish stew, and buttermilk chess pie through July 21, after which Eater New Orleans’ 2015 restaurant of the year chef-owner Alon Shaya will cook Israeli cuisine. Tickets to the $75 dinners here.
An 86-year-old Greenpoint deli forced out by landlord
Another day, another rent hike story: Greenpoint’s Park Deli (209 Nassau Avenue) will shutter at the end of July after the landlord reportedly doubled the $2,500 rent. Owner Krystyna Godawa tells DNA Info that she had hoped to try to make up the difference by expanding the Polish hot food offerings, but her landlord found a new tenant.
An ADNY takedown, 11 years after it closed
Using the upcoming Bastille Day as a hook, the Post’s Steve Cuozzo goes on a long-winded rant about Alain Ducasse’s ADNY — which has been closed for 11 years. He ends the piece by eventually praising Ducasse, saying that he now “knows the city’s neighborhoods and tastes as well as any of our other great French-born chefs.”
Can bread be art?
Today in the Times’ Fashion & Style section is El Rey and Lalito pastry chef Lexie Smith, who fashions herself a bread artist. Smith, who lives in Brooklyn with her boyfriend and pet python, post photos of her art here for all interested.
Paloma Rocket bids adieu
Game of Thrones dinners return alongside the show
Louro (now shuttered) chef David Santos is bringing his pop-up dinners back, including a Game of Thrones-themed series on July 14, in honor of the show’s return on July 16. Tickets here for the weekly series, which also includes a lobster dinner, hot chicken, and more.
The dangers of dancing on a bar, caught on video
Have a giggle at this stealth video of a woman falling off a Manhattan bar while dancing, presumably drunk. Safety first, people.
Get ready for Joe and Pat’s in Manhattan
Looks like the East Village location of Staten Island pizza institution Joe and Pat’s is growing closer to opening. EV Grieve catches that its liquor license application is on this month’s Community Board docket. Here’s a primer of what to expect when it opens: