Three of the West Coast’s best restaurants plan NYC dinners
Hot LA Thai restaurant Night + Market, SF’s upscale restaurant with dim sum carts State Bird Provisions, and Portland Russian favorite Kachka will all be serving meals in New York City this fall. Each restaurant will be hosting a one-night-only meal at Reynard in Williamsburg, part of a cookbook release celebration co-sponsored by Bon Appetit. Tickets cost $75 and include the meal, service, and a welcome beverage. Reserve a spot here.
Le Cirque is down with Trump’s visit
Bloomberg chatted with French fine dining restaurant Le Cirque’s owner Mario Maccioni as President Donald Trump arrived for a fundraising dinner, and he considered it “thrilling” to get a selfie with the president. Plus, Maccioni noted that he hoped to use bankruptcy laws for the restaurant, which filed for bankruptcy in the spring, just like Trump did. “And in our case, hopefully, it will work as well as it did for him,” Maccioni says. Meanwhile, Trump raised $5 million for Republicans at the dinner, where people paid at least $35,000 a ticket to attend.
Astor Place Shake Shack close to complete, and other East Village openings
The new East Village location of Danny Meyer-created burger chain Shake Shack is inching closer to its debut. The restaurant will take over 3,000-square-feet at 51 Astor Place, and a photo from the interior shows most of the tables and decor are already looking like a classic outpost of the restaurant. Elsewhere in the neighborhood, a dog-friendly cafe called Boris & Horton now has signage up with a winter 2017 opening date. The coffee shop will have a section for dogs to roam. And former mezcal cocktail bar Mayahuel has flipped into another mezcal bar also called Mayahuel, at least temporarily. New owner Keith Siilats, who owns the building, has brought on a Moroccan chef for the menu.
A Little Carribean neighborhood, newly declared
An area in Brooklyn in Prospect-Lefferts Garden and Flatbush will soon have the official designation of being the Little Caribbean — an area that’s a hub for Caribbean dining, culture, and people. Expect new signs and flags in the area declaring the Little Caribbean name, as well as food crawls through the neighborhood. Flatbush arts and culture group CaribBeing has been trying to get the name for about two years as a way to help Caribbean businesses, especially as new stores and restaurants join the gentrifying neighborhood.
A restaurant for cooler times at the Rockaways
Riis Park Beach will soon have a restaurant for the off-season called The Dropout, run by Rockaways native chef Julia Steinberg. The menu, which will change every week, will have dishes such as carpaccio, potato gnocchi with grilled chicken, pork fat edamame, and short rib ramen with kale. It opens on Friday, September 29.
A look at some of Brooklyn’s best chicken
Take a look at how Achille’s Heel makes its backyard chicken