DaDong’s outdoor terrace is actually a pretty great place to eat, critic says
After becoming one of the biggest critical failures in NYC, luxe Beijing roast duck import DaDong finally got a positive review — for its outdoor terrace space. Steve Cuozzo at the Post says that though the restaurant “got off on the wrong foot” when it opened, the terrace is a worthy “hidden gem” for dining in Midtown at lunchtime. It still needs some more lunch fixed-price options, he says, but items like cold avocado noodles and mozzarella-stuffed meatballs will fill diners up for a charming meal.
Paul Liebrandt will continue cooking at Racines this summer
French restaurant Racines in Tribeca will be keeping on chef Paul Liebrandt for a little bit longer. The fine dining heavyweight started at the restaurant in a residency in April, and now, he will stay on in the kitchen until September 8th. It’s the first time he’s been cooking in a restaurant kichen since leaving the Elm in 2015. For the summer, Racines will have five-course menus for $90, as well as a la carte options. Wine, of course, is another big draw here, with selections from famed sommelier Pascaline Lepeltier.
Brewery pays the state for bootlegging beer in New York
American Craft Brewery — the company behind brands like Samuel Adams — paid the state a $975,000 fine after the State Liquor Authority determined that 1.4 million cases of beer weren’t properly registered in the state. Only one of the company’s beers, Twisted Tea Summer Blueberry, had the correct label. It’s reportedly the biggest fine that the state has ever issued for a brewery.
Doughnut Plant is expanding, and other coming attractions and closings
Beloved, longtime LES bakery Doughnut Plant is planning an outpost in Grand Central, opening this June. As a celebration and for National Doughnut Day, the existing locations will give away free mini-doughnuts today with every purchase — one with a blue glaze and little gold stars, inspired by the ceiling of Grand Central Terminal. Over in Bushwick, a huge, art-packed outdoor beer garden called Wyckoff Beer Garden is popping up near the Jefferson stop. Midtown restaurant Dim Sum Palace looks close to opening its East Village location. And starting this weekend, the neighborhood’s basement cafe Streecha Ukrainian Kitchen is closing for the summer as usual.
The Times looks at a Filipino restaurant in Queens
For this week’s Hungry City column, Ligaya Mishan visits Lahi in Elmhurst, a Filipino restaurant run by husband-wife team Henry and Agnes Matibag. Henry acts as the chef of classics like adobo and sisig baboy, though often without Filipino staple pastis, a kind of fish sauce. Mishan also enjoyed the daing na bangus, a whole-fried fish with garlic and vinegar.
Kish-Kash inches toward opening
Looks like Einat Admony’s new couscous restaurant Kish-Kash is pretty close to opening. The chef — known for restaurants like Taim and Balaboosta — posted a photo to Instagram of the already very lovely blue-grey patterned space. “People often ask me what I would eat for my last meal and my answer is always couscous and mafrum,” she writes. “I can’t wait to share our hand-rolled couscous with the world.”