Tina Fey hits up Tao after opening weekend for “Mean Girls” musical
Tina Fey and husband Jeff Richmond celebrated the opening of their new Broadway musical based on the 2004 hit film Mean Girls at downtown clubstaurant Tao. A star-studded comedy crew including Lorne Michaels, Kate McKinnon, Steve Martin, Martin Short, Jane Krakowski, and Ellie Kemper was also in attendance.
Club Cumming gets the go-ahead for live music
After getting in trouble for not having the proper liquor license to host live music, Alan Cumming’s East Village bar-meets-cabaret Club Cumming was forced to halt its live shows and seek a new license. So many people showed up for the community board discussion of the new license application on Monday that there was a small crowd outside of the building. Committee members voted unanimously to allow live music and DJs “provided they are not scheduled and that there are no ticket sales or entrance fees,” due to zoning issues. The license now awaits final approval by the SLA before the live shows can officially resume. Cumming thanked supporters on Instagram.
Two closings and a coming attractions
Crown Heights pizzeria Rosco’s has closed after nearly six years of slinging slices in the neighborhood. “The group that created Rosco’s has dissolved and the remaining partners are going to take a little time to upgrade the space and figure out the best way to move forward,” a farewell note reads, posted on the restaurant’s exterior at 685 Franklin Ave. East Village Italian cafe Paradiso is also closed after nine years at at 105 Avenue B. On the Lower East Side, a forthcoming Japanese restaurant called Kaikagetsu is potentially moving into the former Wassail space in Hell Square.
Bedford Cheese Shop expands
Williamsburg’s 15-year-old specialty cheese store Bedford Cheese Shop is expanding in the wake of Whole Foods’ arrival nearby on Bedford Avenue. The reimagined shop, open this week, will offer more food choices, like a “Rockaway bagel” with pastrami, salmon, house-pickled beets, and cream cheese. A full Think Coffee espresso bar has also been added to the space.
Chefs are purposefully overcooking steaks, according to critic
The Post’s cantankerous critic Steve Cuozzo takes a look at the “medium-rare confusion” — the alleged tendency for steaks ordered medium-rare to come out skewing much more rare. The explanation is simple, according to Cuozzo: Chefs are pressured to reduce throwaways, and while an overcooked steak sent back by an unhappy diner gets trashed, an undercooked one can be fixed. Cuozzo runs a deep investigation on the topic, analyzing medium-rare steaks throughout NYC, including at Salt Bae’s Nusr-et, where he says the steak came red as “a bloody nose,” STK, Delmonico’s, and Bowery Meat Company, where he says the medium-rare was on-point.