An Indonesian pop-up in Elmhurst
Ligaya Mishan reviews Indo Java in Elmhurst, an Indonesian grocery story that’s a very small, word-of-mouth restaurant from 1 to 8 p.m. Anastasia Dewi Tjahjadi opened Indo Java in 2007 and started a pop-up last year that she’s been calling Warung Selasa. In a Mishan-poetic description, Mishan writes of one week’s meal:
Another week she offered nasi campur, curry and vegetables crowded round a heap of rice. Here the curry was beautifully sour from tamarind, over a plank of kingfish. It was flanked by ruffles of kale, a substitute for the cassava leaves she used back in Indonesia, stewed in coconut milk but still bringing a residual brightness; and blocks of fried tofu so engorged with sauce — a flare of long hot peppers, ginger and terasi (shrimp paste) — that when squeezed between the teeth, they rained it down onto the plate like clouds.
Top Chef alum heads to Williamsburg
Williamsburg’s Cafe Colette has hired a new chef: Patricia Vega from Top Chef New Orleans, who left Sotto 13 in the West Village and took the helm a couple weeks ago. “She wanted the freedom that comes with the Brooklyn food scene,” says owner Zeb Stewart. “We’re excited to have her on board.” Look for dishes with an Italian influence and a few that point to Vega’s Puerto Rican heritage: “craveable food,” he says.
Options to break fast
Break a fast at Sadelle's is four courses for $95, with a menu that includes a tower stacked with house salmon, smoked salmon, sturgeon, sable, whitefish salad, salmon salad, along with a collection of bagels, cream cheese, and garnishes. Next course is a choice of eggs, salad, or soup, followed by French toast, pancakes, or blintzes. Dessert is babka and sticky buns. Unlimited bloody marys and mimosas are included. There are lots of catering options, too. Check it out here and order by September 30.
Brigitte is now open
Following a stretch of friends and family service, female-focused French-Brazilian restaurant Brigitte opens tonight at 37 Canal Street, with an Instagram profile of fruits and women in bathing suits.
Self-serve craft beer may return to the East Village
Looks like Paloma Rocket is moving to 77 Second Avenue, EV Grieve reports. The self-serve craft beer bar closed at the end of August on Clinton Street.
If you’re feeling ambitous
How to make amazing bagels at home: