Crown Heights locals still blasting Summerhill
Another — albeit smaller — protest took place over the weekend outside Summerhill, the bar and restaurant whose owner bragged about “Instagrammable” fake bullet holes in its wall. Owner Becca Brennan still hasn’t covered up the wall. She sat outside doing a crossword during the protest, according to Gothamist. “She didn't seem interested in healing relationships with her neighbors,” one resident said. “What has she actually done in the last month? Did she even make a symbolic gesture like patch her wall? No."
Shake Shack makes its way to Columbia University
Ultra-popular New York-based local burger chain Shake Shack has made its way near the Columbia University campus. The new Morningside Heights location opens on Wednesday at 2957 Broadway, at 116th Street. The Danny Meyer creation will offer several new desserts for the opening, including a “Heights Bites,” a salted caramel sauce and vanilla custard-topped frosted cake.
Midtown loses an Italian restaurant (and an intense statue)
Restaurateur Shelly Fireman has closed Florian, a less than three-year-old Italian restaurant in Midtown East. The restaurateur also owns places like Trattoria Dell’Arte, Brooklyn Diner, and Bond 45. Florian served a classic menu of pastas, pizza, and small plates. It also had a huge, ridiculous sculpture of a naked woman opening a bottle of wine above the bar.
Nomad is New York’s hottest healthy fast-casual neighborhood
If moderately-priced, vegetable-heavy, bowl-oriented, Instagram-friendly food is your thing, man, has New York got a neighborhood for you! AM New York looks at how the Nomad and Flatiron area has had a huge influx of fast-casual restaurants with healthy bents, including Sweetgreen, Made Nice, Cha Cha Matcha, and The Little Beet. People line up for them every weekday. “It has the density of midtown but without the corporate feel of midtown,” said Cha Cha Matcha co-owner Conrad Sandelman.
Schiller’s neon sign comes down
LES mainstay Schiller’s closed earlier this month, and Bowery Boogie has a shot of its iconic neon sign deposed — looking even larger on the sidewalk in front of the restaurant. Elsewhere downtown, the Scott Sartiano quick-service health food restaurant Broken Coconut looks closer to opening, and a new Chinese rice noodle restaurant is opening on First Avenue in the East Village.
A Nordic food festival in NYC
The Hester Street Fair will be turning a little Nordic next month with a Munchies takeover of the LES market. From September 16 to September 17, eight Nordic chefs will be at the fair, including Claus Meyer, Kamilla Seidler, Sofia B. Olsson, Atli Mar Yngvason, and Richard McCormick. Expect dishes like a fennel flower flatbread from McCormick and deep-fried salted cod balls from Yngvason. Meyer runs Agern in Grand Central; take a look at his aged duck dish here: