Woman finds a worm in her Chopt salad, promptly freaks out
When Kristie Lee found a tiny green inch worm crawling among the kale in her “Spicy Santorini” salad from Chopt, she decided to take matters into her own hands, posting a video as proof on Instagram telling Gothamist to “Beware of the Chopt by Bryant Park.” She and her coworker discovered a lil worm enjoying itself in her salad around 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday. A manager at the Chopt located at 11 West 42nd St. responded: “I’ve never heard of a worm [in a salad] before.” Chopt eventually reached out to Lee with a statement, saying that in extremely rare instances, insects will make it from the farm into a salad. Another Chopt customer blasted the salad brand back in January after finding a worm in her salad. Look, it’s pretty gross. But the real travesty here is that the “Spicy Santorini” salad at Chopt apparently doesn’t have tomatoes — a.k.a. the number one food thing Santorini is known for.
Closings and coming attractions
Lucky’s Famous Burgers shuttered after eight years at 147 East Houston St. Locations of the burger and shake joint remain open in Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen. A sushi shop called Suki is coming to East Village at 86 East Seventh St. in the former Benny’s Burritos & Empanadas space. And more signs teasing the upcoming East Village location of Emmy Squared have gone up on the space at 83 First Ave.
Wanda Sykes enjoys a night in Chinatown
Comedian and actress Wanda Sykes dropped by 50 Bowery’s rooftop bar The Crown on Tuesday night and chef Dale Talde’s Rice & Gold after for dinner. According to a rep for the restaurant, she and her group had pho soup dumplings, mapo tofu dumplings, peking duck, lobster, and mango shaved ice.
A slew of pop-ups hit the city
Murray’s Cheese teams up with West Coast charcuterie brand Olympia Provisions for a pop-up event. The pop-up at Murray’s Cheese Bar starts on Friday, and Olympia Provisions will offer a special menu of charcuterie and sausages that includes a raclette sausage made just for Murray’s that has raclette cheese stuffed in it. The pop-up hits Murray’s Bleecker Street store on June 15th, and both will run through June 29th.
The California-based fancy hot dog brand Dog Haus will have a residency at Chefs Club Counter starting on June 13th and lasting all summer. Menu items made specifically for NYC include a dog with pineapple and jalapeño relish, fried onions, sweet ginger glaze, bouillonnaise, and scallions.
Kelsey Ramage, the founder of Trash Tiki, which turns waste into cocktails, is hosting a series of pop-up meals focused on environmental impact in food and drink. The first is a brunch this Saturday in Brooklyn and will feature a menu prepared by Chef Simone Bonelli (of Saraghina and Boulud Sud) with cocktails by Ramage. The brunch runs from noon to 3 p.m. at Fitzcarraldo Projects, and tickets are $55 per person and can be purchased here.