Bon Jovi gets in the wine game
In anticipation of all the summer rose drinking, singer Jon Bon Jovi has created a Hamptons-inspired rose called Diving Into Hampton Water. It’s a blend of grenache, cinsault, and Mourvèdre grapes from France, and the hope is that it “expresses a Hamptons lifestyle.” Will he promote it using “Bed of Roses”? Only time will tell.
Take Root chef-owner Elise Kornack on sexual harassment
In a first person essay on Food & Wine, former Take Root chef-owner Elise Kornack describes several incidents of harassment based on her gender and sexual orientation, including a man who grabbed her breasts and a woman who posted a judgmental Yelp review based on her sexuality. Kornack ends with a call to diners to take responsibility for their actions, too, rather than just put the onus on restaurants to control customers — but also implores restaurants to “more commonly demonstrate their intolerance of employee harassment.”
Six coming attractions around NYC
Some upcoming restaurants to get on the radar: ice cream shop Ample Hills will open in Park Slope at 192 Prospect Park West; competitor ice cream shop Van Leeuwen has set its sights on the Upper West Side at 448 Amsterdam Ave.; coffee chain Blue Bottle has signed a lease nearby at 175 West 73rd St.; increasingly prolific lunch spot Dig Inn will open in Tribeca at 412 Greenwich St.; the Cheeky Sandwiches owner is plotting a burrito restaurant called Burrito Shop for 36 Allen St.; and fiery bartender Albert Trummer has eyes on a basement space at 324 Grand St. on the Lower East Side for a cocktail bar called The Atelier.
Mars has a candy-themed salon pop-up planned for NYC
Brands just love subjecting New Yorkers to stunts — see the Kellogg’s restaurant and Cheetos pop-up — and Mars Wrigley Confectionery is no different. The candy company is opening a pop-up salon with sweets-themed treatments like mint-scented blowouts and makeup looks such as a “chocolate smoky eye” or a “nougat nude” look. It’s obviously in time for Valentine’s Day. Book appointments here.
Lobster Club a hit with Adam Platt
The first starred review for The Lobster Club — Major Food Group’s Japanese brasserie in Midtown’s Seagram Building — is out from New York magazine critic Adam Platt. He’s generally a fan, despite this not being the testy critic’s type of place, especially of curry-dusted chicken wings “so good I ended up ordering it twice” and the dragon roll. It’s two out of five stars for the art-inspired party spot. To instead enjoy lobster at home, watch the video below: