Steve Cuozzo was not impressed with Legacy Records
Luxe west side restaurant Legacy Records, from the team behind Charlie Bird, has been perpetually busy and fashionable since it opened in March, but Post critic Steve Cuozzo found that the Ken Fulk-designed dining room “is strangely sexless” and the food from chef Ryan Hardy is “mostly mediocre.” While a front bar is stunning, Cuozzo felt the rest of the restaurant was generic. Dishes like the branzino, lamb, and chicken tasted fine but were boring, he says. And it was also expensive — a shame, considering he liked the friendly service and a good wine list, he says. “Legacy Records exemplifies the Manhattan high-end dining scene’s stagnation. Megabucks design, Instagrammable dishes, predictable menus and a tsunami of hype have muscled out creativity and passion.”
Jennifer Lawrence waited a modest 40 minutes for a table at Lilia
Actress Jennifer Lawrence dropped into Lilia on Monday night, the Williamsburg pasta destination from newly minted James Beard Award-winning chef Missy Robbins, and without a reservation, she and a male dining partner had to wait for their table, according to Page Six. The wildly popular restaurant usually has long waits for walk-ins, but Lawrence reportedly got seated about 40 minutes after putting down her name. On the same night, Page Six notes that Victor Cruz waited about an hour and a half for a table, though he had more people in his party.
Food trucks with pasta from Sola start planting around town today
Soho restaurant Sola Pasta Bar is expanding by opening food carts with pasta around town. Starting Wednesday, Sola Pasta Karts will be out in Midtown East at 53rd Street and Park Avenue. It will be giving out free cacio e pepe and aglio olio e pepronicino from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Later on, trucks will also park out in Bryant Park at 42nd Street and 5th Avenue and in FiDi at Zuccotti Park. All the carts will offer five pastas, though the menu will change daily. Check out the full menu below.
Chelsea tapas restaurant Txikito’s annual street fair returns
Acclaimed Spanish fare chefs Alex Raij and Eder Montero are bringing back their street fair Txikifest, a celebration of Basque food and wine in Chelsea, on Sunday, June 3. It aligns with their popular tapas restaurant Txikito’s 10th birthday and will feature whole hog barbecue, txuletas (steak), txakolis (a sparkling white Spanish wine), and other Basque wines. Tickets cost $65, which include food and drink, and the profits go toward American Civil Liberties Union.
Soho House’s LES location is expanding, and other expansions and closings
The LES version of members-only club Soho House, Ludlow House, is taking over the lot at 137 Ludlow St. in hopes of turning it into a new property with an outdoor space called Ludlow Garden. It would be a two-story building with a restaurant and a rear garden with a retractable roof. A recording studio would be in the basement. Over in the East Village, buffalo wing favorite Dan and John’s is also expanding. The tiny space will soon have an adjacent dining room with more seating, including 10 tables and a small bar. But cult favorite ice cream shop Mikey Likes It has been closed since the beginning of the month. The East Village shop was supposed to reopen after a couple days, according to an Instagram post, but it hasn’t.