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The Bronx Is Getting Its Very Own Food Festival

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Plus, Hecho en Dumbo will close this week — and more intel

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Empanology, a vendor at the upcoming Bronx Night Market
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A Queens-style night market is coming to the Bronx

The Bronx is getting a night market to celebrate the food in the borough, with the first one taking place at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 30 and occurring on the last Saturday of every month through October. More than 40 food vendors will be at Fordham Plaza, such as City Tamale, Empanology, Triple Panna Ice Cream, and MP Fish Fry & Soul, alongside DJ’s and Bronx-based artists and merchants. Bronx Night Market is a collaboration between Edible Bronx, Bronx-based creative agency BLOX, and the Fordham BID.

Openings, closings, and coming attractions

Tribeca Japanese American restaurant Zutto has closed after over 30 years. According to signage in the window, hot pot spot Hou Yi Hot Pot at 97 Second Ave. will flip into a different hot pot spot, Spicy Noodle Hot Pot. When the remodeled the Allen hotel reopens to the public, it will include not one, not two, but five bars inside. Obviously, the LES Dwellers are on it. Nearby, Starbucks has opened a location at 120 Church St., and the shuttered Denny’s at 150 Nassau St. will become a restaurant called Brooklyn Chophouse. Finally, after more than eight years on Bowery and starting as a pop-up in Dumbo, Mexican restaurant Hecho en Dumbo will close this Saturday, June 9.

Two upcoming food events

The Brownsville Community Culinary Center dinner series continues, this time with chef Benjamin “BJ” Dennis cooking a Gullah cuisine dinner using produce from the community gardens. Tickets are available here for $75 for the Wednesday, June 20 event, with proceeds benefitting the BCCC and its mission to inspire residents through hospitality.

Celebrated chef Yotam Ottolenghi is cooking a dinner at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and he’s teaming up with some major NYC players such as Dominique Ansel and Ghaya Oliveira. The pastry-filled meal, on Tuesday, June 19, is themed around Versailles, exploring power and privilege at the French court. Tickets for $125 are available here.

The Resto team is back together

Popular Murray Hill meat haven the Cannibal has a familiar face in the kitchen again: chef Ryan Skeen, who led the Resto team back in 2007. The now-shuttered Resto is part of the site of Cannibal today, and Skeen was known there for large-format meat feasts. His new, slightly revamped menu is in full below.

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