The Mario Batali-owned grocery store in Port Chester is closing
Mario Batali’s suburban European market Tarry Market will shutter on Thursday. The high-end grocery store opened in the New York suburb of Port Chester eight years ago. B&B Hospitality Group’s communications director Kim Reed says the space is being redeveloped and considered for a new mixed-use project. Batali has been accused of groping, harassment, and other misconduct by former colleagues and fans, and one Tarry Market shopper expressed his disgust with Batali’s behavior when talking about the store’s impending closure. “I think it’s a shame that the irresponsible actions of MB’s behavior has had such an impact on the people that work here,” he told Journal News.
Two new outdoor dining spots open
Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Public Kitchen in the Public Hotel opened a new outdoor spot for the summer called Bowery Garden. The outdoor terrace is surrounded by an ivy-covered fence and offering the same European-inspired menu as Public Kitchen. It’s open for breakfast daily from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., dinner Sunday through Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 12 a.m., and for weekend brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Marche Maman, Maman’s retail market and restaurant in Soho, has also opened its patio garden space for the summer.
Openings, closings, and coming attractions
ZaabVer Thai at 75 Second Ave. in the East Village is closed for renovations, according to a sign on the restaurant, but EV Grieve speculates a permanent closure. On the same block, East Asian soup and noodles spot Hot Box opened at 77 Second Ave. Midtown Asian fusion restaurant Omakasa — which serves an “impossible” vegan bao — will open a Soho location at 56 Spring St. Japanese-influenced teriyaki shop Glaze is set to reopen its flagship location in a bigger, new space at 643 Lexington Ave. on July 5.
Roberta’s will open soon in Culver City
A job listing notes that the Roberta’s plotted for Culver City will have an open house for hiring on July 10 and 11, seeking a general manager, managers, pizza cooks, bartenders, and more. Roberta’s has been doing pop-ups regularly in Culver City leading up to its long-planned permanent location, which does not have an official opening date yet.
Food critic argues in favor of vanilla ice cream
The Post’s Steve Cuozzo posits that plain vanilla ice cream is misunderstood, boldly calling it “the best ice cream flavor — bar none.” In a vanilla tour of NYC, he especially liked the vanilla Sicilian-style gelato at Polosud Gelato at 166 Mott St. His second favorite vanilla scoop was at carryout gelato joint Amorino at 721 Eighth Ave., and he also enjoyed MilkMade in Carroll Gardens. But he had no love for the vanilla at beloved Brooklyn ice creamery Ample Hills, writing: “My scoop was desperate for more air. It was so dense, it barely dripped even in the sun. A little more sugar would help, too.”