Critic praises Tender Greens
The Post’s Steve Cuozzo argues that Tender Greens is a “lunch salad spot that doesn’t suck,” defending the California-based, fast-casual chain and claiming they’re better than the other health-focused, veggie-centric grab-and-go places in the city, like Sweetgreen, Made Nice, Little Beet, and Dig Inn. “A $14.50 braised brisket sandwich sounds common but is anything but, thanks to creamy aioli and pea-shoot kimchee — both of which are made in-house,” Cuozzo writes. The NYC location of Tender Greens marks the brand’s east coast debut, and the company is planning up to 15 NYC locations.
Chinatown’s tofu dispute heats up
The name “Fong On” has been removed from the new tofu shop at 46 Mott St. following accusations from the family that operates Fong On, Inc. accused the shop of deliberately trying to trick the public into thinking it was associated with Fong Inn Too, the oldest independently run tofu shop in the U.S., which closed in January 2017. According to the family, no official agreement has been met, and the family is trying to recover the Chinese characters that hang on the building.
A bar relaunch and a bubble tea shutter in LES
Bar Belly has reopened in LES with a revamped menu featuring Moroccan-spiced lamb meatballs and Portuguese octopus spiked with harissa. Meanwhile, CoCo bubble tea has closed its location on Delancey Street due to “infrastructure issues.”
Chipotle taps Taco Bell CEO to run the company
Chipotle has had its fair share of downs in the past few years — a run-in with the NYPD in Brooklyn, plummeting stocks, mediocre queso — and now the fast-casual burrito chain has brought in Taco Bell’s CEO to replace the company founder. Could that mean more chemical hellbeast/disturbing fusion menu items in Chipotle’s future?
A Valentine’s Day spotlight on NYC’s candy stores
Today’s a pretty important day for candy stores. Dylan Lauren, founder and CEO of the three-story and 15,000-square-feet Dylan’s Candy Bar — considered the biggest candy store in the world — recently won the candy equivalent of an Oscar, as CBS NY puts it. She reportedly eats at least one piece of candy a day and knows a lot about celebrity candy preferences thanks to her ultra popular shop (Madonna likes Red Hots and Bill Clinton likes Pay Day, according to Lauren). AMNY also profiled Economy Candy’s third-generation, husband-wife owners Skye and Mitchell Cohen. The shop has been open on Rivington Street for over 80 years.