See the trailer for an NYC restaurant-inspired show based on Sweetbitter
A trailer for the TV show version of Stephanie Danler’s novel Sweetbitter is now out, and it’s got lots and lots of NYC, complete with LCD Soundsystem’s “New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down” playing as the soundtrack. The 20-something Tess comes to Manhattan to work in restaurants and immediately jumps into the apparently very dramatic world of fine dining. IRL, the author Danler worked at Union Square Cafe and Buvette, but the book is fiction, inspired by people she met on the job. Sweetbitter the show, which has actor Brad Pitt as one of its producers, will be out on the Starz network on May 6.
Iconic Coney Island restaurant cancels controversial NRA event
After outcry on social media and from New York politicians, Coney Island stalwart Gargiulo’s has canceled a National Rifle Association fundraiser scheduled at the Italian restaurant. Owners tell the Post in a statement that “they thank everyone for their interest in this important dialogue and have decided it best to cancel the event.” Now owners of the 100-year-old institution should probably brace for NRA backlash.
‘Hell Square’ on LES will soon have a whopping 11 pizza restaurants
Bowery Boogie notes that ‘Hell Square’ — the nightlife district between Houston and Delancey streets — will soon have close to a dozen pizza parlors within a ten-minute walk of each other. A new pizza spot is opening at 159A Ludlow St., and soon, the hotly anticipated return of Una Pizza Napoletana will bring the count up to 11. The oldest of the bunch of Rosario’s Pizza, over at 173 Orchard St.
The poke gold rush starts shutting down in EV — and other closings and coming attractions
The East Village is saying goodbye to Poke Village, a closure that EV Grieve calls the neighborhood’s first poke restaurant closure following the 2016 rush to open fast-casual raw fish restaurants. In Prospect Heights, 14-year-old Bar Sepia had its final night on Thursday. The owner said it was closing because the landlord decided to sell the building. Meanwhile, signage is up for the East Village location of legendary Staten Island pizzeria Joe & Pat’s. Maybe it’s opening soon? And prolific vegan chef Matthew Kenny will be selling some vegan pastries at PlantMade, a new cafe in the East Village.
Indian restaurant Saravanaa Bhavan sued for wage theft from one employee
A New York federal judge has denied class action status to a lawsuit filed by an employee against Upper West Side Indian restaurant Saravanaa Bhavan. Employee Dharm Raj Joshi claims that he was not paid the proper minimum wage according to his duties, and that other servers weren’t either. But U.S. Magistrate judge Sarah Netburn denied his attempt to make the lawsuit a class action one based on lack of evidence for other employees to join. The lawsuit is still ongoing, and this judgment, from yesterday, is below.