A revamped Sullivan Street Bakery opens on Thursday
Jim Lahey has given his Italian-style bakery Sullivan Street Bakery a full makeover, adding a new cafe with table service to the Hell’s Kitchen space with a menu from executive chef Morgan Schofield. Classic breakfast dishes like French toast are on the menu, along with soups, salads, pastries. Sandwiches are served made-to-order or grab-and-go. Lahey recently shuttered his pizzeria Co., but his famed Roman-style pizzas will also be available in the newly revamped Sullivan Street Bakery.
Two restaurants closed for alleged renovations
Chinatown’s Shanghai Cafe Deluxe has been closed for over a month, and signs say it’s a temporary closure for renovations, but no additional updates have been made available. In Prospect Heights, El Atoradero, which recently lost its acclaimed chef, Denisse Lina Chavez, is also closed for renovations, along with Madre Mezcaleria next door. An Instagram post early last week indicated it would only be closed for two days. Eater has reached out for more information.
More closings and coming attractions
After 10 years, steakhouse Ben & Jack’s is closing its restaurant on Fifth Avenue, between East 28th and 29th streets. A location of the steakhouse remains open slightly uptown, on East 44th Street in Midtown East. A new tea shop is opening at 194 First Ave. in the East Village called VVN’s Tea, and in addition to serving tea, local art will hang in the space. Coming soon to Times Square at 240 West 52nd St. is a new bar and restaurant with live cover bands, Haswell Green’s. In Brooklyn, mini Mexican chain Tacombi will open a new outpost at 25 Lafayette Ave., across from Brooklyn Academy of Music. The 64-seat space with an outdoor patio is set to debut later this month.
Brooklyn Diner releases its mustard to the masses
Just in time for prime hot dog season, Brooklyn Diner — which has two locations in Manhattan and zero in Brooklyn — is now jarring its mustard to sell retail for the first time. The restaurant is calling it “Brooklyn Diner Real Jewish Mustard,” and a nine-ounce jar goes for $5. The grainy mustard can be purchased at the restaurants or from the diner’s website.
LES block party to return for 18th year
Museum at Eldridge Street, the Lower East Side’s Jewish museum housed in a historic restored synagogue, is holding its 18th annual block party dedicated to egg rolls, egg creams, and empanadas. The free festival is an annual celebration of the multicultural communities of the neighborhood. It will be held on June 17th from noon to 4 p.m. at 12 Eldridge St.